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How can I fix the rubber ring inside my dryer drum?

The rubber ring inside my dryer drum appears to be broken.

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Lyle W
I provided information about accessing and repairing the bearing on the dryer drum in the answer to the previous question that you submitted. Here is some of the same information:

You can order a replacement bearing from the

Sears PartsDirect

website. The part number is 279441. If the felt seal on the front dryer panel is damaged, it will also need to be replaced. The part number for the felt seal is 3406129.

Unplug the dryer

to disconnect electrical power.

To access the parts, follow these steps:

Pull the lint screen out of the top panel of the dryer.

Remove the two screws that secure the top panel to the lint screen housing.

Lift up on the front of the top dryer panel while pushing a putty knife in between the front panel and top panel about 4" in from each side to release clips that secure the top panel to the front panel. After releasing the clips, the top panel will hinge up and back. Securely lean the top dryer panel back against the wall behind the dryer if possible.

Disconnect the door switch wire harness.

Remove the screws on the inside of the left and right side of the cabinet that secure the front panel to the dryer cabinet. You should then be able to pull the front panel off of the dryer. The drum will sag since it is no longer supported by the front panel. Pull the drum out. Pay attention to the routing of the drive belt through the idler slide mechanism to that it can be properly replaced when you reassemble the dryer.

The images below show the procedures for accessing and replacing the bearing and felt seal on your dryer.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 69,147 community points in Washers
December 22nd, 2009
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