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Tony Boxacannoli

Whirlpool Dryer LGC8858EQ1 stinks

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Our very old [1997?] Whirlpool LGC8858EQ1 dryer stinks.

By "stink" I mean it actually smells....I am thinking its because the belt has quit and the it just getting smoked by the motor/pulley rotation/friction?

When we turn on the dryer, it "sounds" like it wants to spin [and actually did at some point] , but it doesn't now. This lack of rotation is accompanied by a horrid smell....I think its the drive belt:

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Correct diagnose by a noob?

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Remove the Belt and try turning the Drum by hand.

Try turning the Motor Shaft by hand.

Does it turn easily, smoothly ?

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Remove the Belt and try turning the Drum by hand.

Try turning the Motor Shaft by hand.

Does it turn easily, smoothly ?

Today, I removed the drum.....vacuumed out all the lint, paper clips, silly bandz, etc that was in the housings/frame...and found $4.72 in assorted change.

I tried to rotate the motor..it rotated freely BUT emitted a squeak.

I put it all back together again, rotated it by hand...movement seemed "ok".

I plugged it it [gas connection NOT made up; venting NOT made up] and gave it a spin.

It spins, but that squeak I heard in the manual test is back.

What this tells me it is not the belt [although it still *could* be at fault, just not primary failure], but rather the motor...possible the bearings?

If i had to pinpoint the location of the squeak, I'd say it came from the back of the motor assembly

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What say you?

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If you're gonna be in there changing that failed motor, go in armed with this

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Does the wheel on the tension roller move easily?

It does move easily....not as easily as say a roulette wheel, but easy.

When I removed the drum, that piece was laying on the frame floor - not attached to anything.....after watching that movie, I figured nothing was busted....I was kinda brutal removing the drum ~ didn't really know how it came out.

One of the "fins" in the drum [that help move the clothes along] was black..the other 2 were white.

As long as I had the drum off...I removed the darkened fin.

The cause of discoloration was 0.93¢. ....a nickel was just about worn smooth.

If you're gonna be in there changing that failed motor, go in armed with this

I had considered that kit.

The belt is from 1997 ...how much longer do you think it has left...a day... a week...a decade?

Anyone's guess really.

Cheap insurance I think.

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