dryer wouldn't tumble with normally large load - very noisy when it did tumble

ApplianceWestinghouse Dryer

ModelMDE336REW1

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

Rebecca From Kansas City, MO

Mar 06, 2008

1 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

I disassembled the dryer using instructions from the following website for White Westinghouse (pictures really helped)
After removing the drum, I first noticed that the grouding ball was sitting on the bottom of the dryer (along with much lint). I then saw that the bracket for bearing support cup and the bearing support cup were both worn well past use. The bracket had been worn down about 1/4" to the SE with matching wear on the bearing support cup. There was a hole in the bottom of the bearing support cup (hence the grouding ball on the floor of dryer).
I installed the new idler pulley assembly and completely vacuumed out the dryer (I didn't know lint could get so stiff!). I installed the new parts from the kit once received (and the new belt bought previously) and the dryer works great. I'm so used to the obnoxious squealing that it seems odd to be so quiet.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Drum Belt

Part Number: PS1148434

$8.61
In Stock

Idler Pulley Assembly (Now subbed to Idler Arm Assembly)

Part Number: PS1156706

$25.39
In Stock