Dryer making grinding noises

ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer

ModelDWXR473ET3WW

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

Edwin From Seattle, WA

Jun 17, 2010

118 out of 188 people found this instruction helpful

We live in a Condominium, space is tight especially in the Utility room where the washer/dryer are located. Turned dryer breaker off at the electical panel.
Removed the top cover and front assembly w/door and front drum support, right where the unit was located. Had to gain rear access to loosen drum drive belt so undid the dryer vent hose to floor connection through a front acess hole. Moved the unit out to the breakfast nook as well as disconnecting the power cable from the wall socket. Removed the rear access panel covers and unhooked the drive belt. At the front removed the top screws off the lower cross member to allow spreading of the side covers to allow the removal of the drum. Removed drum and found the bearing bushing gone, reduced to powder.
Using the supplied instuction sheet, replaced the rear bearing assembly, replaced the drum after vacumming the whole interior and started the reassembly of the unit using the new belt and moved the unit back into place. Reconnected the power cable and dryer vent then lastly replaced the lint filter and selector knob. Closed the breaker and turned on the machine, no noise!!!
Incidently I am 78 years old. Thanks PartSelect.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

D-Shaped Knob Insert Clip

Part Number: PS267091

$3.62
In Stock

Rear Drum Bearing Kit

Part Number: PS267529

$46.29
In Stock

Selector Knob with Clip

Part Number: PS271094

$7.32
In Stock

Drive Belt

Part Number: PS1766009

$19.98
In Stock