The dryer was squeaking like a recently castrated banshee

ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Stephen From CORNWALL, NY

Sep 28, 2007

1 out of 4 people found this instruction helpful

I first removed four screws above the door opening to lift off the top, then removed two screws, near the top, inside the front, to remove the front. There I found that 2 grey plastic and one white plastic anti-friction strips were worn to nothing (even the large plastic bezel that incorporates the light was starting to wear away, from just a few days!).

When I went to put the front back on, i couldn't get the lip of the drum to ride properly on the felt. In fiddling with it, the drum fell off the rear bearing, too, so I put it back on.

So I ordered new felt, two white and two grey strips (I didn't know if 1 or 2 were in each $8 "kit"--only one per kit), a spare belt--just in case--and some bulbs.

Putting the strips on was easy--15 seconds each. Putting on the felt took all of 20 seconds. I spent more time scraping off the dust and vacuuming things out!

The drum fit over the felt quite easily now, and when I ran it, it was wonderfully quiet. For a minute! Then, it started making a new, grinding noise!

I had a Sears repairman friend come over, and he found that a small platic bushing had fallen off the rear bearing element. Once he put that in place, it all worked perfectly. Beautifully quiet!

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Air Duct Felt Seal

Part Number: PS268331

In Stock

Front Dryer Drum Slide (Now subbed to Drum Bearing Slide - White)

Part Number: PS755842

In Stock

Dryer Drum Slide (Now subbed to Drum Bearing Slide)

Part Number: PS6447706

In Stock