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

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#1 Chris Shearer Cooper

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 01:54 PM

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

 



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#2 MA tech.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 03:19 PM

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.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 04:50 PM

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

 

Eric



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

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.



#5 MA tech.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 04:54 PM

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

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 12:01 PM

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







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