Damaged Keyway on Dryer Blower Wheel

ApplianceMaytag Dryer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers


Aug 02, 2011

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After struggling with increasing excessive noise emanating from the clothes dryer, the source of the problem was traced to the area near the electric motor. After some trial and error, access to the blower wheel area was possible. The blower wheel was found to “free-wheel” on the motor shaft which is obviously incorrect. The keyed area on the blower wheel was completely destroyed allowing
the motor shaft to spin freely in the keyway.

Removal of the blower wheel was straight forward although “E-ring” plier tool is necessary to remove the retaining ring. Finding the correct Manufacturers part number from on-line appliance sellers was somewhat a task as many types exist which look very similar. Note, look on the inside of the blower wheel and the number can be found stamped on the part.

Replacement of the blower wheel was not difficult however keeping the drum in position took some effort. I used spring clamps to keep the drum from slipping out of place.

End result is that I do not need to buy a new $$$ dryer much to the dismay of my wife. The unit sounds just like it did when it was first purchased.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Blower Wheel with Clip

Part Number: PS2200270

In Stock