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Repair Kenmore stackable dryer bearing replacement

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
December 9th, 2010

I am repairing the dryer on a stackable laundry center model 41790872990. The drum became loose and tore the plastic spacers off of the upper felt seal, which I am replacing, no issues. As for the cause of this I have gathered I need to replace parts 12 and 32 on the attached exploded diagram (bearing drum and bearing) I have attached 3 pictures of where i am stuck. I can not figure out how to remove the bearing (32) to replace or to get to the bearing drum (12) to replace it. The first picture is of the inside of the back panel. The second is a closer side view of the bearing assembly on that panel. The third is the back of the rear panel where you can see the 2 screw ends of the screws holding the assembly to the panel. I can not access the front of the screws/bolts because I can't get around the bearing (32) I can't see anyway. Please help! Let me know if you need more details...Thank you in advance! email me at boydconstruction@charter.net (ps I looked at your expert, Sam Anderson's dryer repair pictures, but my bearing does not come apart like the one he shows which is a full size one)

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Dryers , Kenmore , Washers
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Your welcome & thank you for the follow up reply. It looks like you're headed down the right path now. I'm so glad to hear your going to fix your own dryer; this saves so much money. We are always happy to help the "do it yourself" crowd, please get back with us anytime.
by Manage My Life
December 9th, 2010
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Thank you Dave. I pulled the drum out the front instead of the top! It appears that is where I got off track. I am picking up the kit today and hope to have it back together tonight. I wasn't sure if the bearing should be loose or fixed in the saddle, but I figured the drum must have to have some play, so the bearing can't be fixed. I think this service is great with the experts like yourself helping the home repair crowd! In this economy I, like many others can't afford the cost of a service call and since I am comfortable with DIY, this is the perfect solution! Thanks again!
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Thank you for providing the pictures & explaining what you have done so far. I have to give you credit for trying. It looks like you went a little too far on this type of bearing replacement. The ball hitch (32) comes off with the drum & then you can access the saddle bearing (12) without a problem. You will normally use the rear lip of the drum or belt as a handle to force the ball hitch bearing up & out of the saddle block; be real careful of sharp metal edges or use gloves.

The rear bearing comes as a complete assembly with instructions. I am sending you all the information I can to help you get the dryer back together.

5303281153 bearing kit $26.99

sears parts

Please click on the attachments below.
by Manage My Life
December 9th, 2010
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Thanks for trying James, but that link is for the washer bearing not the dryer :=(
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December 8th, 2010
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It sounds like you are in the middle of a tough repair. I did some research at managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question. I attached the link below. I hope this will assist you until your expert can help you.
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