i need to replace the front dryer support glide on my matag dryer. I am
not sure what material to use. the mfg want $12 per strip of 25 cent
material, the dryer needs 2 strips.. does anyone have experience doing
My wife said last evening, "Oh, by the way, the dryer is making a loud
howling noise. I think a bearing is going out."
How long has it been doing that, Honey?
Oh, quite a while.
So, today, I pop the top of the dryer, take off the front panel, take out
the drum, lube the bearings all around, clean out about five pounds of lint,
and put her all back together.
I love being able to save $100 by working on stuff myself.
Now, I have two other dryers to do the same thing to.
It's always something.
You will need to drill out the existing rivets, install cork pad that
comes in kit, then the glide, then new rivets on each end. You will
need two kits, and no, you can't subsitute anything else for the
If you have run the dryer with the drum gliding over worn pads, and if
it has ground down the surface of the drum so that it is rough, you
will need to replace the drum too, or you will end up grinding down new
pads very soon. If the drum is smooth, you don't need to replace it.
Do all dryers have support glides? Mine (Kenmore) has a bit of a wobble,
but I do not find any guides. The dryer is as in the picture below.
Seems to be suspended in the front on a felt seal, which is thicker on top
and thinner on bottom (two part). The felt seems intact and at least 1/4
inch thick (top part). Drum in my case seems to wobble front-rear, when I
watch it turning with door open.
This response is for RichK:
Every dryer manufacturer uses a different system to suspend the drum.
Maytag uses two rollers in the back with two bottom glides in front.
Your Whirlpool dryer has two rollers in back with a plastic ring on the
drum and a felt pad on the front panel, one of the best systems in the
industry if you ask me. Front/back movement can be a little hard to
fix, a more exotic probelm. First, check for rear rollers in good
shape. Tread doesn't really wear on these too much, but the hubs can
wear down and make the roller wobble. The one on the right seems to be
particularly prone to this. If the rollers are good, and the rear seal
is not excessively worn or tattered, then drum movement can point to
cabinet or rear bulkhead allignment, perhaps due to being tweaked
during a move. What this can look like is the drum barely hanging on
to the front bulkhead during operation. If it isn't causing a problem
with performance, I probably wouldn't worry about it. Some Whirlpool
dryers use 2 rollers in back, and 2 in front. These tend not to wear
out, but they are noisier.
By the way, the two worse systems in use are by Frigidaire and GE. The
former uses a rear ball/cup system that requires lubrication over the
life of the machine (former 3-glide front system now replaced by one
more like Whirlpool). The latter uses a sort of male/female bearing
system with a nylon sheath in the rear that can wear out, with a
4-glide system that holds up drum in the front on top. These glides do
wear out, and then the drum will start wearing on the plastic bulkhead
that holds them, requiring replacement of that part if it is worn too
Thanks NospamTodd for a very comprehensive write-up specifically on this
I've been using household appliances all my life, without ever "looking
inside". Now some are in need of attention and it's time to learn how they
operate and the various designs.
After you info, I will take another dive inside this thing. looking
specifically at the items you pointed out. The roller rubber felt OK, first
time I looked, but the right roller had a fair amount free play, perhaps in
the hub is the problem.
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