The rim that supports the front of the drum had worn through, due to my failure to replace the glide styrips in time.

ApplianceWhirlpool Dryer

ModelFLXG52RBS7

Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Don From Houston, TX

Dec 27, 2008

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There are only three screws holding the drum in. However, to get it out I had to remove the front panels, and the top of the dryer part of the washer-dryer combo. The drum came out easily, but getting the new one in was pretty hard. I had to guess how the drive belt was routed around the motor pulley and idler pulley, since I couldn't see it until I'd removed the drum. Since the new drum wasn't exactly like the old one, I had to remove the glide strip from the front panel to get it to fit. At present, the unit is not completely reassembled, so I can't say I've been entirely successful. Tomorrow, I will put it back together, cross my fingers, and switch it on. Wish me luck!

Followup: The dryer part of this washer-dryer combo is back online. At first, the dryer made a squealing noise, but eventually quieted down. At present, the drum replacement seems to be just fine. It cost about $215, and, except for a few cuts due to sharp-edged metal, a dropped clip that disappeared into the depths of the bottom of the washer, it is actually REPAIRED. I could have used more specific help, but, all in all, it has been pretty easy, and pretty effective.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Dryer Drum Kit

Part Number: PS724836

$305.59
On Order