Need appliance parts? Call 877-803-7957 now or use the parts search box:

Parts Search

Learn appliance repair at online the Master Samurai Tech Academy.  Learn more.  Earn more.

FAQs | Repair Videos | Academy | Newsletter | Podcast | Contact

Chris Shearer Cooper

Dryer - how freely should rollers roll, and does it matter?

6 posts in this topic

I've got a rather old Maytag Dryer (DE512) and while doing some other repairs that involve taking the tumbler out, I noticed that the rollers spin relatively easily by hand but stop spinning pretty much immediately after I remove my hand.

 

Should the rollers spin some after I remove my hand?

Is replacing the rollers pretty easy (looks like I pop off the retaining ring, slide off the old rollers, slide on the new roller, reattach the retaining ring)?

Will replacing the rollers have any noticeable impact on the machine?

 

Thanks,

Chris

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Need appliance parts? Call 877-803-7957 now!

If you weren't noticing any rumbling or grinding noises then no need to replace. They don't spin to much more after you take your hand off. I would suggest a little cleaning with emory cloth on the axels to a shiny finsh is good. I always drop some 3+1 oil on them. I am aware that most of the techs on here disagree and prefer grease. I guess either way is good. Hit the idler wheel with a some oil as well. Great machine. Best ever. Hold onto it.


Also remember drive belt is smooth side on drum.Have had many do that wrong. Groove side of belt is facing up/out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  I have same model dryer, going 27 years with never a problem, even still on original belt.

 

Eric

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Concur with MA tech.  I love this dryer.  Upper/mid range model for Maytag at the time.  If the light lens was missing, the front drum support would gather enough money to pay for lunch.  I don't use any oil on dryer rollers but using emory cloth to clean and smooth the roller shafts is dead on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That was 27 years ago I was delivering and installing these dryers? Where has the time gone?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These dryers have airflow like a hurricane compared to other dryers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites