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sqeak! squeak! wp dryer

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Howdy,

This may be two problems...

My 10 Year old Westinghouse dryer ( WDG546RB ) has recenly began to SQEAK very loudly, then stops for a while then SQEAKS loudly again ( I think it may do so in the cool down phase ? )

Also, sometimes I hear a distinct light "chafing" sound. I have noticed that the drum is very "tight" agains the upper "felt seal" thingy of the dryer, and not as tight on the bottom...(actually I think this is the source of the chafing" )

Finally, I think the dryer was off balance for quite a while before I noticed it...so I'm not sure what damage that may have done..

Anyhow, for reading online I'm confugsed if this is most likely the "drum glides" or the "rear drum bearing" ( or both! ).

Thanks!

Tim

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Probably the idler or the drum rear center bearing.  You can check the idler from the panel in back of the dryer.  Unstring the belt and give the idler wheel a spin.  Should spin smooth and freely, no chatteriing or binding. 

If the idler is good, then you'll need to replace the rear center bearing.  Disassembly help here:

http://fixitnow.com/2003/11/appliance-tip-of-day-dryer-disassembly.htm

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