Part Location Diagram of WE3M26 GE Front Drum Bearing
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Replacing your General Electric Dryer Front Drum Bearing
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Front Drum Bearing WE3M26

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PartSelect Number PS960316
Manufacturer Part Number WE3M26
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

Front Drum Bearing Specifications

This Front Drum Bearing (Top Bearing, Dryer Drum Front Support Bearing, Drum Support Bearing, Dryer Drum Glide Bearing) holds the drum bearing and slides for the drum to turn on. The front drum bearing attaches onto the inside of the dryer front panel. When this part fails, the drum may no longer turn freely, make odd sounds, and not dry properly due to the drum no longer sealing. This part needs to be replaced if it is broken (often due to normal wear and tear), no longer able to hold the drum bearing slide securely, or has been eroded by the drum movement. This part is about 10 inches in height and 22 inches in width, and comes in white plastic. Sold individually.
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Part Videos
Difficulty: Easy | Tools Required: Screw drivers,Pliers
Repair Tip: 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. Please note that although the slides are not included in this part, the drum slides should also be replaced w

Replacing your General Electric Dryer Front Drum Bearing

Replacing your General Electric Dryer Front Drum Bearing
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:
General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore.
Part# WE3M26 replaces these:
AP3790641, 1089201, WE3M26, WE03M0020, WE3M20
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Dryer not drying well and loud noise
Took off the front panel. Followed the repair videos provided. Everything went well. Dryer dries better and is very quiet.
Other Parts Used:
FELT TRAP DUCT Light Bulb Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Michelle from STATHAM, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Drum bearing and Lint Chute plastic was cracked.
The video of the dryer lint chute assembly showed the man without gloves. I didn’t wear gloves. When I disconnected the wire from the front panel assembly, my hand jerked and hit the side of the panel. It must have been razor blade sharp, because I got a deep cut. Advise people to wear gloves to protect hands from sharp metal.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer Lint Chute Assembly Front Drum Bearing
  • Jason from CYPRESS, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
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Dryer was making loud noise
Upon receiving the parts, we went to the video repair instructions. We found these videos to be very well done and very helpful. It was great being able to pause the video at specific points until we were able to complete that step of the repair. All of the replacement parts fit correctly and there were no issues.
Other Parts Used:
FELT TRAP DUCT Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Stephen from FISHERSVILLE, VA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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dryer had started making a squeaking noise that got progressively worse with each use
i ordered parts before taking the dryer apart, based on the symptoms others described so that i would have everything i needed. sure enough once i pulled the panels off, the drum slides and entire bearing were destroyed. i assume that happened with age, and ignoring the problem didn't help. by the time i replaced the parts I'm surprised the dryer drum was actually still turning at all!
Other Parts Used:
FELT TRAP DUCT Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • timothy from BALTIMORE, MD
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Bearings completely worn out, including plastic.
Install would have been easier if part was
an exact
fit. Had to make do with part not fitting exact. Let's just say the dryer works but light won't line up.
Other Parts Used:
Light Bulb Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Ruth from GRANITE CITY, IL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Dryer was making a loud noise when running.
I am a 55 year old woman who likes to repair household items. I followed You Tube instructions and did it all by myself. A few screws to get the top off and a two more to remove the front piece. Trap duct assembly was cracked and falling apart. Pulling off the old was fairly easy. I watched the You Tube instructions on my Ipad so I could rewind and watch as I did it. The hardest part was I dropped one of the screws when placing the front of the dryer back on and had to find another one that was the same size. Luckily I have lots of old screws in my tool box, If you like to do small simple repairs to save some money this is an easy one.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer Lint Chute Assembly Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Robbin from COLUMBUS, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Loud sqeeking.
I followed some simple instructions from GE. It was really easy and I even found some spare change inside the cabinet which my wife took off my hands. :/
Other Parts Used:
Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually) Drum Bearing Sleeve Retainer O-Ring
  • Kevin from HENDERSON, NV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Dryer making a loud squeaking noise and had a crack in housing that would catch clothing and twist it up into a ball.
The repair went very well, parts fit perfect. Now there isn't anymore complaints.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer Lint Chute Assembly Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Steven from GOSHEN, IN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Dyer made a squealing/screeching noise
I have read other postings which describe most of the procedure very well, so I'm just going to add things that should be considered, which I have not read about here.
Removing the drum proved difficult due to the lack of room on the two sides.The vent blower motor bracket is at the front bottom of the dryer, and when the two screws on either the left or right side are removed, the dryer sides spread more easily and allow the drum to be removed or re-installed more easily.
Next, the rear drum bearing I bought has a rubber o-ring which holds it in place. There is a good chance this o-ring will be hard and brittle after years of service, and will crumble when removed, in order to replace the bearing. I had to run to the local hardware store to get a new o-ring, and could only find one that did was not rated for high heat usage. I presumed once the drum is re-installed that the bearing can't dislodge even with a missing o-ring. I think it just holds the bearing in place while removing and re-installing the drum, but I cannot be certain about this.So if you plan to replace the rear drum bearing, make sure to also order the o-ring that holds it in place. It is doubtful you can re-use the old one depending on the age of your dryer.
Replacing the old white belt tensioning pulley requires the removal and re-installation of a "nut" that has no threads. It is forced on and off and not simple to re-install. The removal was easy simply by using a wrench to "unscrew" it counterclockwise. But re-installing it is another matter. It requires force to get it back onto the shaft. I saw a tip to use a 7/16" socket placed over the nut and hit with a hammer while bracing the bracket from the other side. I did this by used a smaller tool, linesman's pliers, which provided the force needed. Install it about 1/4" past the end of the bracket shaft. Careful, that nut has sharp edges and I ended up bleeding from that process. Three hands would help: one to brace the bracket, one to hold the nut and socket in place, and one to hammer. So good luck with that. Probably there is a smarter way to do this.
If you replace the old white plastic belt tensioning pulley with a new yellow one, it is not simple to understand how to re-install the belt properly. The videos do not do the trick adequately. I did find one on youtube where they removed the dryer side in order to show the belt installation and I had an "aha moment". Since you cannot see the belt, the pulleys, the motor, or anything else during installation, it is not a simple thing to do. Here are my tips: Before re-installing the drum, move the belt tensioning pulley bracket to the right (when facing the dryer front) and you will see a little spot where the bracket will stay to the right when engaged in this spot. Engage the bracket and then proceed to re-install the drum. That way, when you reach under the drum to set the belt properly on the pulleys, you won't have to engage the tensioning bracket without being able to see. Once the belt is in place, carefully remove the bracket from the right holding spot and allow it to move back to the left operating position. I used two hands and don't think I could have done it with one. When the belts are new, they can be naturally twisted and you have to be careful to install the belt with no twist. I had to do it twice to get it right. If someone can take up the top belt slack for you, it's easy to feel the belt underneath the drum and get any twists out.
Next, i had a hard time inserting the drum back into the dryer and finding the hole where the bearing inserts. The problem is, if you are not careful, it's easy to move, bend, or break the heater wires which surround the hole you need to locate blindly and slip the drum bearing into. I did bend those wires, but luckily not break them. In hindsight, applying some masking tape to the rear inside panel of the dryer right at the top, left and right of the drum BEFORE removing the drum would have made it much easier estimating the proper drum height while maneuvering the bearing into the rear hole. Then remove the masking tape when done.
I ordered a new top plastic front bearing that supports the drum in the front. Good thing I did because mine was split about 5" where one set of the green and white sliders install. I had one white "plastic" insert visible. The other one plus the two green bearings were totally missing. No wonder it was squealing.
Finally, the hardest part for me was re-installing the top of the dryer! Take a good look before removing it so you can see exactly how the top fits to the dryer and how the parts need to be lined up first.
Thanks to PartSelect.com! Every part was correct and the installation videos gave me so much help. Also, parts arrived in two days, which surprised me. I will be ordering all parts here.
Other Parts Used:
FELT TRAP DUCT Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually) Drum Bearing Sleeve Idler Pulley Wheel
  • KENNETH from HOLLAND, PA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Dryer became very noisy when you turned it on to run
I watched the repair video 3 times to make sure I was comfortable to do the repair.the video was very helpful.thank you ! Everything went well and the dryer runs great.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer Lint Chute Assembly Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Jeff from GREEN BAY, WI
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Kelly
July 20, 2017
I need to replace my front bearing support. What else do you recommend I look at since this part has worn out and im replacing it anyways
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Hello Kelly, we recommend also replacing the drum slides. You will need 4 of them, and they are sold separately. See related parts for both the white and the green style. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

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Billy
April 8, 2018
What is the difference between the Green and white slide bearings for front drum?
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Hi Billy, Thank you for your question. The green slide bearings are the upper bearings and the white slide bearings are the lower bearings. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Noah
July 20, 2017
So I replaced this part, the glides, the felt ring, and the belt. I thought everything was well and good but when I turned the dryer on theres a new noise. Do any of these parts need time to settle or did I do something wrong?
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Hi Noah, unfortunately it sounds like you need to replace the rear drum bearing kit WE25M40. We recommend installing this assembly because it will ensure a longer lifespan for your dryer, and all the new replacement parts you recently installed. Best of luck with this repair.

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Steve
December 11, 2018
I thought the front support bearing needs 4 slides instead of 2 white slides ?
For model number DBXR463GD1WW
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Hello Steve, Thank you for the question. The front bearing requires two Green, Part Number: PS6447706 and two White Part Number: PS755842. Thank you for your inquiry, good luck with this repair!

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Eric
October 9, 2017
Does this part come with the two small pieces of felt that go in the slots near the ends?
For model number GFDN240EL0WW
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Hi Eric, Thank you for your question. It does not, you would have to buy those separately. Good luck with your repair.

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Rich
October 31, 2017
How do you know if the front drum bearing is bad and not just drum slides?
For model number DPSR610GG0WT
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Hi Rich, Thank you for the question. The only way to know for sure is taking the front panel off to expose the drum bearing and checking for damage. Hope this helps!

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Jerry
March 20, 2018
What is the difference in the Green slide and the white slide? Can i use either one on a dryer?
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Hello Jerry, thank you for your question. There are usually two green and two white on each appliance. They are installed in the front drum bearing and allow the drum to turn smoothly. The manufacturer recommends replacing all 4 slides at the same time. Please enter the part number into the site for current price and availability. Good luck with your repair!

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Ross
March 6, 2019
I have ordered the front drum bearing, 2 white slides, 2 Green slides. I can see where the slides are installed, but i'm not sure where white goes vs. Green. Would you point me in the right direction?
For model number DPXR483EA1WW
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Hello Ross, Thank you for the question. There is a white and green bearing slide on each side of the front bearing with the green bearings at the top and white at the bottom. Hope this helps!

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Harry
May 7, 2019
If the front drum bearing is made entirely of plastic and there are no bearings, the drum uses the glides to slide across. Is it necessary to replace the front drum bearing support and why? No matter what the answer, i still have to replace the glides. Do we order two of both slides or all of one slide? Thanks in advance.
For model number DRSR495EG8WW
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Hi Harry, thank you for your question. You would only need to replace your bearing if it is broken or damaged in any way. So if you see damage on the part and that it may need to be replaced, then you may need to replace it. It is generally suggested that you replace all of the glides when you are doing a replacement. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Luke
July 20, 2017
Need to purchase and replace this part but have no sweet clue how to get to it. Can you point me in the right direction?
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Hello Luke, you need to start this repair by taking the cabinet off in the back. After this is done, disconnect the wires that connect the door and lift the front panel off the dryer to set aside. From here you should be able to start your installation. I hope this helps.

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