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Replacing your Maytag Dryer Front Glide Kit
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Front Glide Kit 306508

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PartSelect Number PS1804752
Manufacturer Part Number 306508
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Front Glide Kit Specifications

The front glide is located at the front of the dryer, the drum rides along it. If you hear a metal-on-metal noise when your dryer is running, your front glide may be worn out and require replacing. This front glide kit comes with a blue plastic glide, a brown cork pad, and two metallic rivets. Two kits are required per appliance. While you have the front bulkhead removed for this repair, you may want to inspect the felt that lines it. If the felt is damaged, it is recommended that you replace it at the same time. You will need a rivet tool for this installation, as well as a stubby Phillips screwdriver, a 5/16 nut driver, and a drill with a 1/8-inch bit.
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Replacing your Maytag Dryer Front Glide Kit

Replacing your Maytag Dryer Front Glide Kit
Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Noisy | Marks left on clothes
This part works with the following products:
Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo.
This part works with the following products:
Maytag, International, Jenn-Air, Crosley.
Part# 306508 replaces these:
AP4037304, 1309, 306508, 3-12941, 3-6508, 306508, 306508VP, 312941
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metal banging noise as dryer drum rolls
Used PartSelect videos to first diagnose the problem which was worn drum felt seal. Then, used the same videos to replace parts, both needed and convenient to replace b/c of already have access.

While the videos were very helpful, first timers should be aware that there are significant knowledge gaps between a professional's easy repair vs an amateur attempting the same.
Other Parts Used:
Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches Lint Filter Dryer Drum Felt Seal Shroud Seal Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Leo from HOUSTON, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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Dryer started to sound like someone was beating a dog in the laundry room.
The dryer model was on a sticker inside the door which had long ago rubbed off. The most difficult part was figuring our how to dismantle the dryer. I finally looked up the matching washer by model number watched a youtube video and the dismantle was the same....take off the door, remove front cover then remove screws that held the hook brackets that held the top down. After we figured that out the rest was pretty easy. The main issue was the Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing. We decided to replace the rest of the parts because we already had the thing all apart. It is amazing all the lint that gets into the dryer cabinet and passed the lint filter. Dryer works like new again. I love this set and will keep repairing as long as we can get parts.
Other Parts Used:
Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing Roller Shaft Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches Dryer Drum Felt Seal Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Janel from BOWDLE, SD
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
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Dryer running but not heating
Pull the front off of the dryer found the front Found the drum front glides, worn out and rubbing metal to metal also tested the cycling thermostat found that it was faulty, causing the no heat problem. Ordered the cycling thermostat and new glide kits to prevent any further problems.
Other Parts Used:
Cycling Thermostat (Limit: 140-20) Front or Rear Drum Felt Seal Front Glide Kit
  • Bruce from FAIRMONT, WV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Replace motor,Idler pulley, and belt.
Fairly easy, with lots of disassembly easy replacement, and lots of reassembly.
Other Parts Used:
Front or Rear Drum Felt Seal Front Glide Kit
  • Peter from PEABODY, MA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Dryer was leaving black marks on the clothes, and was very noisy.
The video was excellent and made for an easy repair. Would highly recommend.
Other Parts Used:
Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Fred from GREENCASTLE, PA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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The drum guides and roller wheels worn. Also the felt seal front and back worn out.
Removed the front panel and top of dryer. Removed the drum front support and drum from dryer then removed the rear drum support.
Remove the old felt seal both front and back. Vacuumed and cleaned the interior of the dryer blowing out the heat coils and controls on the front panel. Removed and replaced the front guides and installed new rollers. Removing the old glue holding the felt required a heat gun and scraper. New felt was installed with the proper glue and clamped in place for 12 hours. Assemble the the dryer in reverse order.
Other Parts Used:
Front or Rear Drum Felt Seal Front Glide Kit
  • Gary from BOTHELL, WA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Noisy
This is the dryer of a 28 year old Maytag laundry pair. I had replaced the glide kit 8-10 years before. Did them again because they were worn in half again but this time I added the 2 roller kits and the belt, really just guessing. I was surprised how full of dust and lint the inside was, especially the blower fan blades. I ordered the screw because the belt idler pulley assembly was very wobbly and I hoped that was the screw anchoring it to the motor housing was the problem but it wasn't. Turns out the threaded hole in the housing was stripped, due I guess to years of vibration. It was too tight to get a tap and dye in there so I drilled the hole out and replaced the screw with a bolt and nut and lock washer. Before drilling it out I tried a few strands of wire and JB Weld, like the trick with stripped wood holes where you break off toothpicks in the hole and fill with wood glue. But that stripped out too so I drilled and used the bolt. Turned out I didn't need that $7 screw. Probably should have known comparing it to the old one which looked the same after I cleaned it. Anyway, it sounds fine again.
Other Parts Used:
Screw Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Dave from CRANBERRY TWP, PA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
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Excessive air leakage around tumbler.
1)Unplug dryer, 2)remove front door assembly, 3)remove the blower tumbler front, 4)disconnect belt, 5)eased out tumbler, 6) replace parts, 7)assembled in reverse order, 8) finally test operative. Wife rewarded me with peanut butter an jelly sandwich.
Other Parts Used:
Tumbler and Motor Belt Lint Filter Front or Rear Drum Felt Seal Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Rita from SAN DIEGO, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Dryer emitted a squeaky noise every time it started
We inherited this dryer three years ago upon purchasing our current house. At that time I found this website to purchase and install a couple of the baffles that were missing. This time, I checked the troubleshooting for my current problem and ordered all of the parts I felt I needed to resolve the problem. Once I received the parts, I followed the great how-to videos by Steve to disassemble the front of the dryer and remove the drum. I could not get to the repairs right away since the interior of the dryer was quite dirty and I took a lot of time to clean it out. Once I got to removing and replacing the drum rollers, idler pulley, rear drum felt shaft, and drum belt, everything went smoothly and was just as easy as Steve described in the videos. If I didn't have such a dirty machine interior, removing the old parts and installing the new parts would have taken less than an hour. I had to hold off on installing the front glide kit and front drum felt seal since I forgot to order two of each (I'll install these at a later date. I proceeded to putting everything back together and testing the dryer. The dryer now runs quietly and works great.
Other Parts Used:
Idler Pulley Shaft Washer Retaining Ring Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing Roller Shaft Idler Shaft Retaining Ring Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches Dryer Drum Felt Seal Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Robert W from OTSEGO, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Blower Wheel was damaged
I followed all of the instructional videos and things went very smoothly. Easy to follow. I replaced several other parts to avoid having to do other repairs later. I hope this should get us another 20+ years from this dryer.
Other Parts Used:
Tumbler and Motor Belt Retaining Ring Roller Shaft Idler Pulley Wheel Idler Shaft Retaining Ring Blower Wheel with Clamp Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Fred from COLUMBIA FLS, MT
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Trey
July 20, 2017
My tumbler is sticking which is causing the dryer to stop. I think my front tumbler bearings are worn down based on the symptoms and sounds Im experiencing but Im not sure. Does this sound about right? If that is the case do I need this part to fix it? Is this a normal thing for driers to do or is there something wrong with mine? Thanks in advanced!
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Hi Trey, it sounds like you need to replace your front tumbler bearings 306508. Do not panic as this is normal wear and tear for your dryer to experience. Also, the heavier loads you put in your washer, the more wear the tumbler bearings will have. I hope this helps.

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Jason
August 12, 2017
Hi, i'm having problems with my dryer. It seems to be snagging the clothes. They come out of the dryer with small snags. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
For model number Maytag
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Hi Jason, Thank you for your inquiry. There are three parts that may fix the issue. The front and rear seal, the dryer drum glides and the drum support rollers. Front and Rear Seal A worn, torn, or missing front or rear seal could be the reason your clothes are coming out of the dryer torn. The seal is designed to keep clothes from getting between the drum and the front or rear wall of the dryer. If this seal becomes worn or torn, your clothing may become lodged between the two parts. Because the dryer drum keeps turning, the clothes get ripped. Before you can examine and replace a dryer drum's seals, you have to remove the drum. Dryer Drum Glides Torn clothing could mean that the glides in your dryer have become defective. The glides support the drum towards the front of the dryer. They can wear over time, causing the drum to slump or sag toward the front of the dryer. When this happens, a pinch point is created at the top of the drum. It is this pinch point that can tear clothing. If this happens in your dryer, you will have to open it up and replace the entire set of glides. Drum Support Rollers Another possibility for torn clothing could be defective drum support rollers. The rollers support the drum in the back of the dryer. These too can wear over time, causing the drum to slump or sag in the back. Again, a pinch point is created, causing clothing to tear. If it is the drum support rollers in your dryer that have become defective, you will have to replace the entire set of rollers. You will have to open up your dryer's cabinet and remove the drum before you can replace your drum support rollers. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Ralph
February 10, 2018
I have repleced the front guides. I watched the video twice before making the installing, but after two cycles the squealing sound is back. Does have a break-in period before the sound is silenced?
For model number LDE8416ACM
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Hello Ralph, Thank you for your inquiry. Usually they do not, so we would recommend checking the drum rollers, the roller shaft/axle, the idler pulley, the drive belt, the drive motor and the felt seal. Hope this helps!

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Penny
July 20, 2017
My dryer could be almost empty but it sounds like theres a huge load inside with occasional thumping during drying cycle. Where should I check first?
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Hello Penny, based on your symptoms the most common reason this happens is worn rollers, which are found here 12001541. Before ordering this assembly, we suggest checking your rollers to see if they have excessive visible wear to the point that they look damaged. If that is the case you should replace them. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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Clint
January 9, 2018
Just changed front drum guides on dryer should blue plastic part wear away for coating on cork pad if not what could be the cause
For model number Lde8410acw
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Hi Clint, Thank you for your question. It is normal for the blue plastic piece and the drum glides to wear down through use of the dryer. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Kathleen
March 8, 2018
My dryer has started leaving small black swipe marks on the clothes. We have repeatedly cleaned the drum but it is still happening. One of the drum baffles has a worn hole in it but we have cleaned that and there is no black in or on it. Do you have any idea what could be causing the black mark problem?
For model number DE412
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Hi Kathleen, Thank you for your question. If one of the baffles in your dryer is broken, you will need to replace it. Sometimes while the clothes are drying, the clothes may become caught on the baffle and as the clothes are heating, the area of the clothing where it is hooked on to the baffle can become black with scorch marks. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Andre`
July 20, 2017
When my dryer is on and running the clothes seem to be catching on something and it is ruining them, theres black marks on them as well. Based on what ive been reading and experiencing it sounds like I need a bearing kit. Thoughts?
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Hi Andre`, you are correct. Based on your symptoms it sounds like you need to order a tumbler bearing kit 306508. Best of luck with this repair.

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Odette
May 14, 2019
Dryer noisy drum runs rough worse when starting
For model number Maytag
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Hello Odette, thank you for inquiring. For this symptom you will want to replace either the Drum Glides, the Drum Bearings or the Drum Support Rollers & Shaft. If you could provide the model number for the appliance, we can confirm the correct compatible parts.

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Fran
July 2, 2019
Does this model have drumglides if so where are they
For model number led7304ace
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Hello Fran, thank you for writing. The Front or Rear Drum Felt Seal for your model is part PS11740771. We have a video for it showing what you need to know to install it. Here is a link: https://www.partselect.com/PS11740771-Whirlpool-WP314820-Front-or-Rear-Drum-Felt-Seal.htm?SourceCode=4&SearchTerm=LDE7304ACE&ModelNum=LDE7304ACE#RepairVideo. We hope this helps.

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Douglas
May 10, 2019
Front panel for selecting water or ice, change temps just beeps can't select or change anything, fridge is working it's like it has a child lock on, only my manual says this model doesn't have it
For model number MFI2266AEB
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Hi Douglas, Thank you for your question. The temperature for your refrigerator is preset at the manufacturers. If the refrigerator is locked, there should be green light lit just above the button. If the controls are locked press and hold the Lock/Unlock button for three seconds until the green light turns off. If the temperature alarm light is flashing, press and hold the Temp Alarm button for 3 seconds to turn it off. If this is not the issue, you may need to check the connections between the touchpad and the electronic control board. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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