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PartSelect Number PS960316
This front drum bearing helps your dryer operate as quietly as possible. It is about 10 inches in height and 22 inches in width. It is made entirely out of plastic and is white in color. If your dryer model has a light in it, remove the light bulb before removing the bearing because it will hit the bulb and potentially shatter it. This is an OEM part and is sold individually. Please note that although the slides are not included in this part, the drum slides should also be replaced when replacing this bearing.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
The drum slides give support to the front of the dryer drum. As they start to break down it may cause your dryer to make noise or not dry clothes in an appropriate amount of time. This item is sold individually. You will need to purchase two as there are two located in your dryer. They attach to the outer-most sides of the bearing. The manufacturer recommends replacing both slides at the same time. Use this as an opportunity to clean out the lint and dust in the dryer to keep your machine running smoothly. This is a genuine replacement part that comes directly from the manufacturer.
This is a drum bearing slide, also known as bearing drum slide, glide, or pad, that is fitted to a dryer. The slide functions by supporting the front drum as the drum rotates. This is a white plastic part that is sourced directly from the manufacturer. Although the part is sold individually, it is recommended to check the other slide because they often wear at the same rate, and should be replaced at the same time. The drum bearing slide may need to be replaced if the dryer is not tumbling, takes longer than usual to dry clothes, or is noisy.
Removed top of dryer, removed the front housing. Cleaned the interior of dryer cabinet and all the build-up of lint and other matter with shop vac. Placed front housing on work table and removed the old drum bearing and felt seal. Cleaned the old lint and crud from housing. Installed the new bearing and slides. Some of the seals had deteriated, so I used some weather stripping to re-seal the exhaust port and connector. Reinstalled the front panel and hooked up the electrical connections. Tested operation before replacing the top cover. Drum is now very smooth again, and no squeeking. Very simple repair. I might also mention, I priced these parts at a local parts house, and found I would have been better off buying a new machine if I had bought the parts localy. ( I forgot to mention I unpluged the machine before removing any parts.) Hope anyone reading this has as successful a job as I did.
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The repair was very easy. Had to remove the front of dryer, parts fit great. It was worth the extra money to ship parts next day then to listen to the squeeking anymore.Thanks to this site I was able to get the parts fast!!!
1. remove top2. remove front panel3. remove/replace drum bearing4. replace panels5. enjoy cold beersave yourself money working on your own appliances. appliance repairs often times don't require special tools, are very easy to diagnose and repair.
I noticed that some clothes were coming out of the dryer looking like they had been chewed on. The next day something actually caught on something inside the dryer near the door. There was a broken piece of plastic. I wrote the dryer model number down and came to this website. I easily determined it was the drum bearing from the pictures provided by this website. The part came 5 days later. I think it would have been sooner, but I ordered on a Friday before a 3 day weekend (Memorial Weekend). I did not order the slides recommended to be ordered with it because my dryer was not making noise. When I replaced the drum bearing, one slide was worn completely through and the others were fine. The one worn through was right near where the plastic on the drum bearing was broken. I ordered a green slide to replace the one that was worn through. Replacing drum bearing required the removal of 4 screws total. 2 inside dryer doorway, these two were facing towards the ceiling. After removing those two the dryer top popped off easily and did not require the removal of the control panel at the back of the dryer. The other two screws were inside and were small screws which held the front dryer panel onto the sides. After these were removed I pulled the front panel away enough to get to the drum bearing. Easy Peasy!
i watched the video and read a little about it and finshed the job in 30 minutes for less than $50.
This repair was so easy..removed four screws and replaced front bearing(big plastic peice) and four small plastic peices...project done in less than 15 minutes!!!
As your help video showed
How I did the repair ??...............it was real simple.watched the video one time and followed his instructions.It was so easy I couldnt believe it
removed the front of the dryer and replaced the upper bearing, it was a very easy repair for what i thought might have been a terminal problem.
Our dryer was making an ear piercing high pitched squeal. I didn't know what it was, but through a quick search on this site determined that the Drum Bearin and Drum slides must be out. I ordered the items and they quickly arrived. I followed the skeematic of the dryer that they had on the site and it ended up being one of the easiest "do-it yourself" fix jobs I have been involved with in a long time. I will definitely come back to this site when I have future appliance issues. By the way, I am an accountant by trade and have no previous appliance fixing skills.
i opened the dryer door and took out the two bolts with phillips screw driver.i raised the top of the dryer up a little bit to un bolt the screws one on the left and one on the right.lift up on the front the dryer and pull out.you should be able to fix the problem. watch video of this sight how to help you fix problem it helped me alot.
Basically, I ordered 2 slides the bearing and the felt, all of which I was told were "usually" the cause of the noise issues. I believe they were, I replaced them all and it runs quiet as a church mouse! Thank you for all the help..
Took front of dryer pantel off and replaced parts ordered.dryer sounds very quiet like new dryer.
I read over other people's repair stories and it seemed like something I could do myself, so I gave it a shot.First I unplugged the dryer and wrestled it onto my back porch, because I don't have room to work in my laundry room.1. I removed the door by unscrewing the 4 hinge screws.2. I removed the 2 screws at the top of the recess the door fits into.3. I removed the top of the dryer.4. There were 2 inner screws holding the front in place (which is why the top had to come off, because there is no other way to get at those screws...and they are near the top of the dryer at each front corner)...I removed these to take the front off. I had to use a flat-tip screwdriver to pry it out at the bottom, but it wasn't very hard to do. I also disconnected the wires, which was easy, but just be sure to note how they hook together so that you get them hooked back together correctly.5. I removed the old felt, noting how it was positioned so I could install the new felt correctly.6. I removed the old drum bearing. It was cracking on the top of it, and all 4 slides were totally gone, so I'm glad I ordered all 4 of them!7. I cleaned everything up and found .37 cents in change!8. I installed the new drum bearing...it just clips into place.9. I installed the 4 slides. I had watched a video here on how to do that, and it really is super-easy. There was just a bit of one green/gray slide left, so that told me which went where.10. I installed the new felt.11. I reconnected the wires and put the front on.12. I put the top on.13. I put the door back on.14. I wrestled the dryer back inside and plugged it in.15. I turned it on to test it...it worked, and NO MORE SQUEAK!!My dryer has been working great ever since. I would like to note that I bought this dryer used, so I really am not sure of how old it is...so I guessed. It seemed to be in good condition, and the person I bought it from plugged it in and let me see that it worked...and it didn't squeak then. It started squeaking about halfway through the first load of clothes I did. Still, I got it at a good price and luckily it didn't cost too awful much to get the parts needed to silence that squeak.I am really thankful that there is a site like this to help people who might not be able to afford a repair other than to do it themselves. I know some just don't like to pay the high cost of repair, but some (like me) simply don't have the money for that. So thank you VERY MUCH for all of your help...it is greatly appreciated!!
This is the 2nd time in 3 years I had to do this repair. There needs to be a better design. I suggest that when you hear squeeking that you replace the teflon pcs fast so you don't have to replace the drum bearing. Now for the repair. Take dryer door off (4 screws) it makes the repair easier. There is 2 long screws that hold the top to the front of the dryer. Once removed you can pull out the top of the front of dryer and it unhooks from the bottom. I suggest using the vacuum and clean thoroughly while you have it apart. Unplug the wire for the light (3 wires) so you can completely remove the front of the dryer. The drum bearing snaps out (after you remove the light bulb). Insert 4 new teflon pcs into new drum bearing before re-attaching to dryer. Plug the wires back in and put the light bulb back in. Hook the bottom to the dryer and make sure bearing goes areound drum when putting back on. Put 2 long screws back in to attach the top to the front. Re-attach door and your job is done. You should not have to disconnect dryer from gas but you should unplug dryer. This is a very easy repair. I don't know why they call this part a drum bearing when there is no bearings involved at all.
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