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Replacing your Whirlpool Dryer Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
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PartSelect Number PS334199
Manufacturer Part Number 279441
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing Specifications

This is a replacement bearing ring kit for your dryer. The bearing rings are found on the top and bottom lips of the dryer drum. If your dryer is unusually noisy, or the drum will not turn during operation, or if there are marks left on your clothes after a cycle, you may need to replace the bearing ring kit. The kit comes with 2 bearings, one for the top and one for the bottom of the dryer drum. Remove the front panel of your dryer to access the dryer drum for this repair. At this point you can use a pair of needle nose pliers to release the old bearing rings from the drum. Snap the new bearing rings on, and reassemble the dryer to complete your repair.
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Replacing your Whirlpool Dryer Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing

Replacing your Whirlpool Dryer Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
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This part fixes the following symptoms:
Noisy | Marks left on clothes
This part works with the following products:
Dryer.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Maytag.
Part# 279441 replaces these:
AP2996731, 2683, 279441, 279441, 692526
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My old dryer drum had become noisy and loose and prone to getting stuck while running.
I replaced the front seal and bearing, split ring bearing and rear seal. It was technically pretty easy. The thing to do is watch the videos provided by PartsSelect AND go to Youtube and watch a couple of others. Once you see several guys do the job and look over your own machine, it all becomes obvious. Some tips: Work cleanly, you will be dealing with dryer dust and shredded gasket material. Use a vacuum and put down newspaper or a drop cloth. While you have it apart, clean the inside of the machine, and check the other moving parts (eg, rear bearing and drive belt). The glue for the rear drum seal is runny and dries fast so work reasonably quickly. I held the seal on with clothes pins and binder clips and glued about a foot of seal at a time. Everything else goes on easily. They dryer is like a new machine-good for another 30 years.
Other Parts Used:
Seal and Bearing Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing Rear Drum Seal Kit
  • Ed from SEBEKA, MN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Dryer would run with no heat
I watched all the videos with Steve. He was very helpful in his presentation of the repairs. Due to the age of the dryer every thing was replaced and was very easy to do. Thank you Steve and PartSelect for making these repairs possible and easy
Other Parts Used:
Seal and Bearing Idler Pulley Assembly SEAL Lint Trap Housing Seal Rear Drum Felt Seal Rear Drum Support Roller Kit Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4" Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
  • Gary from MOUNDSVILLE, WV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Dryer drum stopped spinning due to broken belt.
Step 1: Unplug the unit, then remove the lint screen and then remove the two screws beneath the lint screen cover. Step 2: At the rear of the dryer there is a small protective metal panel near the upper part of the dryer - remove this first; then at the front of the unit, insert a plastic pry tool between the front edge of the top and the front panel of the dryer and gently pry the top loose. Step 3: Lift the dryer top up and either remove it entirely or let it rest on the back edge and a wall for support. Step 4: On the inside of each side panel near the top front, locate the two screws holding the sides of the dryer to the front panel and remove them. Step 5: Carefully slide the front panel up so that the panel detaches from two metal clips holding the front panel onto the side panels. The drum will likely drop down slightly at this point since it is no longer being supported at the front. Step 6: On the front panel there is a wire that connects the front panel door switch. I left that intact because it was too difficult to remove without risk of breaking it and instead simply set the front panel to the side of the dryer - but if possible remove disconnect the wire and then set the front panel aside. Step 7: Remove the drum by pulling it out, inspect the back felt seal for wear and also the plastic split ring bearings at the front end. When you remove the drum belt the tensioner pulley underneath the drum will likely fall over, but this is to be expected because without the belt and drum providing tension, the piece only fits loosely in a slot at the bottom of the dryer. Step 8: Inspect the drum rollers, motor, and other parts for wear, then vacuum out the inevitable lint and dust inside the unit. Step 9: At this point I also decided to inspect and clean out the lint chute at the back of the unit, so I removed the protective back cover and removed the screws holding the lint chute in place. I then cleaned out the lint that builds up over time inside the chute and checked the two foam lint chute seals at the back of the unit - these needed replacing so I removed the old deteriorated foam and vacuumed off the back of the unit and then adhered the new seals to the back of the dryer. Step 10: Take the new multi-rib belt and drape it around the drum with the ribbed side against the drum - you will likely see a mark around the drum where the old belt was positioned, so use that as a guide. Step 11: Since one of the split ring bearings on my unit was worn, I replaced both at this time by simply pressing the plastic tabs out of the slots at the front of the drum, removed each half of the ring, and reinstalled the new parts - they only correctly fit one way so that the plastic edge lines up cleanly with the front edge of the drum. Step 12: With the felt drum seal toward the back replace the drum - I used a small box to support the drum upon while I reinstalled the drum - this will make it much easier to manipulate the belt around the tensioner and motor. At this point I reached underneath the drum and reinstalled the tensioner. by positioning it in the two small slots near at the bottom panel that are near the front of the dryer motor. Then take the belt and pull it through the tensioner and around the motor pulley at the front of the unit. You will likely have to push up slightly on the drum and tensioner to allow the belt to be pulled through the tensioner and around the motor pulley. Step 13: Rotate the drum slowly by hand at least one full revolution and check to see that the felt seal at the back is not pinched and that the belt does not fall off the pulley. Step 14: I removed the box supporting the bottom of the drum, then took the front panel and fit the front of the drum against it so that the split ring bearing matched up to the front panel. Step 15: The drum will still be somewhat loose and that allowed me to carefully lift the front panel up and then slide it down back onto the two metal clips that hold the front panel to the side panels. Step 16: Reinstall the two screws that also hold the front panel to the side panels. And if you also removed the wire connection to the dryer door, reattach that too. Step 17: If you removed the lint chute, reinstall it from the back while the lid is still off so that it is easier to slide it into position. Step 18: Reattach the top of the unit by seating it against the top of the frame (of course if you disconnected wires, reattach those too) and reinstalling the two screws underneath the lint screen cover. Step 19: Reattach the rear panel cover and small protective metal panel. Step 20: Reattach the flex-hose to the lint exhaust.
Other Parts Used:
Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4" Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
  • Christopher from APOPKA, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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noise due to worn drum wheels
fliped up top, removed 2 5/16 screws from face and removed. removed drum and belt. removed two piece ring bearing and removed front seal from front face. installed new seal and split bearing the way others were removed. reassembled dryer in reverse order.
Other Parts Used:
Seal and Bearing Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
  • Derek from Wyoming, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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loud shrieking sound when it ran
nobody has said it yet so... to take a dryer apart, take the back off, pull the lint trap, remove two screws on back of the top piece. the whole top shifts forward and disengages two clips on front corners, it then tilts up and back. the front comes off next, this frees up the tub. all parts ordered replaced worn parts, though there was no smoking gun as to the source of the sound. once it was apart, it was a cakewalk. had it up and running in 45 minutes. can't see how it took others two hours.
Other Parts Used:
Drum Roller Shaft - Left Side Drum Support Roller Shaft - Right Side Rear Drum Support Roller Kit Roller Shaft Washer Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4" Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
  • john from appleton, WI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
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The dryer tub became jammed, unable to turn.
I followed disassembly directions found on youtube and replaced th two-piece ring bearing that was identified by a parts diagra fron PartSelect. The repair was easy. Fix time was about thirty mionutes.
  • Terry from Lindsay, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Dryer would not run. Push start and only relay clicked.
Troubleshoot wiring to make sure it was'nt fuse or limit switchs. Had voltage to motor but nothing happened. Had to be the motor. Ordered motor and a couple of other parts that needed to be replaced. Motor replacement was real easy, hardest part for me was getting blower off motor shaft. Was a good time to clean out dryer and vent.Found a few dollars in lost change also, my tip. Used your regular shipping and from order to repair was only three days. I would definitly order from you again. Thanks.
Other Parts Used:
Rear Drum Felt Seal Drive Motor with Pulley Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
  • Charles from Traverse City, MI
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Dryer was sqeaking loudly when running
I Looked on internet sites for this type of problem.
Most sites said the support rollers could cause this.
I found your site PartSelect and with help of your diagrams of the machine ordered the parts I thought were needed plus other parts that might cause the problem.
With machine torn down I replaced the rollers.
I had also ordered the main drive belt and idler assembly with the rollers and these also needed replacement. It is a good idea to order other suspect parts when doing this type of repair since you can return the parts not needed.
Your return policy is great.

Edward Brennan
Other Parts Used:
Idler Pulley Assembly BRACKET Rear Drum Support Roller Kit Roller Shaft Washer Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4" Drum Roller Shaft - Left Side Drum Support Roller Shaft - Right Side Washer-Support Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing Light Bulb - 10W
  • Edward from Andover, NJ
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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Dryer sounded like it had rocks in it when running
Following the instructions that came with the parts, I removed the top off of the dryer, which was very easy, two more 5/16" screws and I had the drum out. I confess, this was my second time at this repair. 1st time I neglected to replace the rear drum seal which I strongly recommend you do while you have it open. I only replaced the 2 wheels last time and it failed very soon afterwards.
Lesson Learned: Always replace the rear drum seal when you replace the support wheels!!!
Other Parts Used:
Rear Drum Support Roller Kit Rear Drum Felt Seal Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing
  • Mark from Kirkwood, MO
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Dryer motor would 'kick out' when starting up.
Unplugging the dryer and opening the front was just 2 screws and 2 bolts. I found the rear drums felt gasket was torn and folder over. This was pulling the drive motor down until it kicked out. So I removed the drum from the dryers housing and placed it on the floor. With a pliers gripped the felt and pulled it from the drum. With sand paper I cleaned the remains and then used clothe pins to hold the new gasket in place so I could glue it back onto the drum. After 5 minutes I removed the pins and remounted the drum. Using a butter knife to guild the felt from folding over, I turned the drum by hand once to ensure proper movement. The entire repair was done in 27 minutes alone.
Other Parts Used:
Door Shelf Refrigerator Door Bin Two-Piece Split Ring Bearing Rear Drum Seal Kit
  • Phillip from Austin, MN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Jack
March 21, 2022
Dryer noisy and seem loose in the front. Is there a front seal that might be needed when replacing the basket front bearings?
For model number 110.75132412
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Hello Jack, Thank you for your inquiry. There is also a seal and bearing, part# PS11773177, that goes behind the front of the cabinet. We hope this helps and if you need help placing an order, customer service is open 7 days a week. Please feel free to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

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