This was the gist of my Jan 11 post:
I have a GE Hotpoint electric dryer, Model DLB2650BALWH. It has been
squeaking for a long time and slowly getting worse. (We're talking
loud enough to hear all over the upstairs.) <snip> Now we have
scraping and groaning, <snip>
Thanks, John & Jeff. Between your suggestions and the info
repairclinic.com and pcappliancerepair.com (the latter being about 1/3
less expensive), I was able to get the right parts and get everyting
back together. But ...
There was one part that came out that isn't on the exploded diagrams
on GE's site. It is about 3" in diameter, with a .75 to 1" hole in the
center. There are 6 small holes matching the holes in the rear of the
drum. I put it between the back end of the drum and the the cup shaped
part that holds the the shaft that slips into the rear bearing. The
size and positioning looked right and the rear of the drum looked as
if it could use the reinforcement this piece would provide.
The other wierd thing is that the drum is not perpendicular to the
axis of the shaft: the drum "leans" slightly downwards at about 225
degrees (7:30 on a clockface.) I also noticed that the rear of the
drum is not parallel to the pan the holds the heater filament or the
front of the dryer. If I lift the drum up and to the right, to where
it looks parallel to both the heater pan and dryer front, the drum is
about .5" away from the left glide strip (looking at the front of the
dryer.) The outer panels look square go back together without much
pushing. The glides are in the same spot from which we removed the old
ones. I can see that the front of the drum presses harder on the felt
on the right front than on the left side.
The dryer ran ok (empty) this afternoon; fairly quiet: with what
sounded like some rubbing on the felt between the front and the drum.
that with the front on the dryer, it was fairly difficult to turn the
crum by hand. (That seems odd, implies the motor has to overcome a
fair amount of friction there.) When I put a (small) load of clothes
in to dry, there began a rythmic banging that sounded like the drum
hitting somewhere. Lifted the top and found the drum (or more
correctly the galvanized pan attached to the back of the drum) bangs
once per revolution against the galvanized pan holding the heating
coil. Not real loud but enough so you could hear it upstairs. My guess
is either: (1) that it is related to the drum not being perpendicular
to the shaft, which means the back right corner of the drum gets
angled further back, or (2) that extra piece (see above) moves the
galvanized pan on the back of the drum back an extra 1/8 inch, which
is enough to bring it into contact with the heater pan.
It also seems to me that the new shaft doesn't come out of the back
support quite as far as the old one. (Just a couple of real thin
washers shorter.) (I went for the whole kit instead of just replacing
the bearing; the old shaft was pretty worn as was the support that
holds the bearing. The old plastic bearing was nowhere to be
seen, not even bits and pieces, and the old support has a 1/16" groove
worn into it.)
I'm a bit stumped, as the drum is only supported by the rear
shaft/bearing and the two glide strips -- none of which appears
adjustable in any way.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. And thanks in advance.