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If I spray the squealing belt in my dryer with dressing do I risk fire since it is gas operated?

The dryer is 30 years old and used all but 5 or 6 of those years. The squeal is loud when I first turn the dryer on but it goes away after the dryer runs for 5-10 minutes. The dryer completes the 40-50 minute cycle with no problem. This just started 2 weeks ago. Can I squirt the STP belt dressing that I use for my automobile fan belts (it quiets those down) on the dryer belt? Considering that it is a gas heater, I don't want to burn the house down. It has sentimental value and I'd like to keep it for another 20 years, at least.

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Lyle W
I don't recommend using the STP belt dressing on the dryer belt. Any lubricant or dressing used inside the dryer cabinet will attract lint and dust. This will create a fire hazard.

A squeak in many dryers is normally caused by the idler pulley next to the motor. It can also be caused by support rollers in some dryers. I recommend opening the cabinet and manually turning the drum to determine the source of the squeak. If your dryer has the lint screen that pulls out of the top panel of the dryer, then you can unplug the dryer and use the procedure in the first image to open the cabinet and search for the source of the squeak. If the lint screen pulls out of the housing at the bottom of the door opening, then you can unplug the dryer and remove the bottom front service panel as shown in the second image to access the inside of the dryer cabinet. Your dryer may be different than these two common types. If so, you can resubmit your question with the model number for more help.

The idler pulley is shown in the image below. If this component is squeaking in your dryer, then I recommend replacing it.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details and the full model number of your dryer.
by Lyle W Earned 69,147 community points in Washers
February 27th, 2009
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