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 Posted: Wed Jul 13th, 2005 05:22 am
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Model : DPXQ473GT0WW

Serial : RM736329A

I know you are  big, big, fan of GE products, but I have this dryer that works OK, drys OK, but squeals/squeeeeeeks like a pig.  I read your repair advice, but there are a number of different causes.  If I can take this thing apart, how do I sort out the different types of problems.  Thanks.

 

:yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes::yikes:

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First thing to check are the glides on the inside front of the dryer front that holds glides that the drum rotates on.  Sounds like the glides are gone and the drum is digging into the plastic glide holder.  Also check the rear drum shaft bearing,  The white ones were junk and are replaced with a gray one that is different material.  Check your idler pulley as well.  But would bet you need the front glides and holder/bearing assy. for sure.



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Pegi wrote: First thing to check are the glides on the inside front of the dryer front that holds glides that the drum rotates on.  Sounds like the glides are gone and the drum is digging into the plastic glide holder.  Also check the rear drum shaft bearing,  The white ones were junk and are replaced with a gray one that is different material.  Check your idler pulley as well.  But would bet you need the front glides and holder/bearing assy. for sure.
 

When you say check, I am not 100% sure how one checks this. Do I just open the front (Not sure I even know how to open the damm thing) and manually turn the drum and try to see where the noise is coming from? Is there a better way? How do I check these areas you mention?  Thanks.

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Dryer dis-assembly here, use the New Style for the G.E. dryers.



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Pegi wrote: Dryer dis-assembly here, use the New Style for the G.E. dryers.
I looked through the pictures and info and it doesn't look too hard to get to the insides.

So are you saying once I am able to get to the insides of the dryer will it be obvious where the noise is coming from?

Thanks.

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Just follow the crumbling plastic...



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This looks like the part you mentioned earlier.

http://groups.msn.com/Appliantology/dryers.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=516

I will open the machine, look for the crumbling plastic, and hopefully find the part and replace it.  Looks fairly simple from the picture! Thanks.

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OK, I opened the dryer and found the part named "Drum Glides" to be shot.

http://groups.msn.com/Appliantology/dryers.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=516

It looks like I need to order this part

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=1089201

as well as 2 of these that fit on the above part.

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=935999

How does this part come off. It looks like it just clips on, but not 100% sure. Also the top one is not in stock. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help to this point!

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You'll need four of those glides, not just two.  Replace all of them and start fresh. 

The plastic support just pulls out and up.  Use a screwdriver to pry the old one out.  The new one just tucks back in place.



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Thanks.  There were two of those glides still there, and didn't see the other 2.  Guess thats why it is so noisy! I'll get 4 new ones, like you said.

Interesting how expensive those little glides (3 inch pieces of plastic) are! I appreciate all the help. My dishwasher is next. :yikes:

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drsteve wroteInteresting how expensive those little glides (3 inch pieces of plastic) are!
That's GE fer ya! 



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Samurai Appliance Repair Man wrote: Just follow the crumbling plastic...

Hi! I'm new here, and have found this topic to be as close to my issue as possible... however, upon internal inspection of my HotPoint/GE dryer Model #DLB1550BELWH i did not see any crumbling plastic..

And where are the slides/glides?

I think I have found them on the front side of the drum, but am not sure if I am looking at the right things.

Also, there is. what appears to me to be, a metal covering from the blower area, around the opening. I am wondering if it is covering this:

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&P=1089201

Can you offer any advice?

Maybe I need to drink another beer and get a better flashlight?

 

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the glides they are talking about are on the front of the machine. ge dryers are also well knowm for bearing noise. attached to the back of that drum is a bearing that it rides on. grease often dries up and you get noise.  if you can inject grease into bearing from rear of dryer, then saves time. if not, then you will have to take the drum out and put grease into plastic cup that bearing sits in. start up the dryer and feel the back of the dryer. do you feel the grinding?

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This was my topic, so maybe I can help.  That is the part that I replaced as well as some "glides".  It wasn't too hard, and I got the parts as described.  The part that you linked to was falling apart, and it was pretty obvious what needed to be replaced.  The parts, although a bit expensive (especially the glides) were readily available.  Hope this helps.   :yikes:

Steve

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Ferrotype, yours looks to be the older style ge dryer by the model number, will have the glides on the bottom so the drum rides on top of them, do you see them under the drum?  Metal holders with felt and glides?....there is a bearing sleeve in the rear drum shaft, no cup to put grease in, that would be frigidaire, you would need to pull the drum to see if the bearing sleeve is worn or gone, and check the glides under the drum to see if the drum is sliding on metal...that plastic drum support would not be on your model...



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ferrotype, this is your style dryer, nothing like the newer style in this thread...



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Oh my!!! I found a seashell comb in the blower housing!

It's nice to know I'm not the only one home on Halloween fixin' things!

Thank you all for your help..

Pegi - thanks for the diagrams.

The slides are exactly what I was looking at.. and they now have felt made out of lint. *ew*. they need to be replaced!

Do I need just two? I did not see any in the back. Is this the correct part? http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&P=2632

 

Since there has never been a single bit of maintainence on this dryer yet in it's life, I am excited to get started and see if I can fix it!

If I break it, it doesn't owe me a thing.. :):)

 

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Yes, those are the correct glides, your dryer will last years longer between repairs that those new style dryers...your dryer is well worth repairing, the newer style ones do not hold up like the older ones...hanging that drum from that plastic glide holder thingie and expecting it to hold up?  Yea right.....;)



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Thanks!!!!!!!!!

And I do have to say, alothough not a fan of GE washer/dryers, you can't kick a gift horse in the mouth. My dad and I got the set free and new 22 years ago.  I'm 27 now, and my set has yet to let me down.

I even use a vice grip for the timmer knob... 36 bucks for a plastic knob? yea, right!

I am off to order my parts!

Here goes .....  something!

:D

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