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This is most likely something caught in the blower wheel and y0ou ahve to disassemble the dryer fron to access the wheel v see the web site sttached for a diagram thanks
To continue disassembly, pull out on the plastic end caps on either side of the control console. They are a press fit and will pull off. Take hold of the bottom of the end cap and pull on it. Remove the 2 screws under the end caps holding the control panel. Lift the panel and hinge it to the back of the dryer. Remove the 3 screws visible under the control panel holding the top down. Slide the top of the dryer forward toward yourself. It will disengage clips on the cabinet for removal. Remove 2 screws holding front to top of the dryer. Remove 2 screws below the door holding front to dryer. Disengage the clamp holding the air duct to the blower housing. Take the wires off the door switch. Take the wire off the sensor if your dryer has one. Remove complete front from dryer.
You must release the belt from the idler pulley to get it off the motor pulley to continue the disassembly. Put both hands into the area of the motor and feel how the idler pulley is spring loaded against the smooth backside of the belt. You can't see this well, so feel it and remember how the pulley is against the belt. Pull the idler away from the belt and take the belt off the motor pulley. You can now lift the drum from the rollers it rides on. This picture shows the thread of the belt with the drum removed so you can get a good idea of how it threads. The front rollers are on the front you have already removed. You can repair the rollers, heater element, thermostats, motor, and blower at this point. You must hold the pulley end of the motor shaft to get the blower off. The blower screws onto the end of the motor shaft. I have found that a 1/2 inch socket extension will fit right into the center slot of the blower . Turn the ratchet clockwise to loosen the blower wheel. Reverse this to tighten. This dryer also has a belt broken switch that will not let the motor run with a broken belt.
I went to the Sears link you provided, and got this message:
PartsDirect.com is currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from 11:00PM CST - 6:00AM CST.
Guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get a better detailed picture.
I just went to the SEARS site I initially gave and the site is down for maintenance, but I am confident they have a diagram of the proper unit ! SORRY
Same here sorry
OK, if it's OK with you, I'll just wait until tomorrow, and see if I can get a better diagram. I don't see an easy way to remove the control panel, and I'm afraid if I just try to pull it off, I might break it. I'll keep the links to your replys, and get back to you after I make a little more progress.
Here is directions to get to the belt which are almost the same to get to the blower wheel
Disconnect the power! Pull the dryer away from the wall and remove the top cover. Remove the console. Remove the lint filter screen. Remove the two hex-head screws from the bottom flange of the toe panel. Pull the toe panel out at the bottom, pull down, and remove the panel. Remove the hex-head screw from the lint duct bracket and remove the bracket. Remove the two hex-head screws from the lint duct and remove the duct. Disconnect the 3-wire moisture sensor connector from the main harness connector. Disconnect the 3-wire door switch connector from the machine. Loosen the two top front panel screws. Remove the two bottom front panel screws.
Here is the link to purchase a manual too
you are very welcome!
Well, I think I will get some help, as the dryer is in a bad place to get to, so I will likely wait until Wednesday PM to do it. I don't think I can physically handle this by myself. If you are pretty sure the blower wheel (I assume this is the rotor, in the squirrel cage blower assembly, correct?) is the trouble, one way or the other, I will get the thing apart.
I was hoping I could get to it via the bottom access panel, but from the looks of it, this won't give me access to the blower.
Success! It was a pretty big job, but we got the machine apart, and the blower wheel was loaded with lint and stuff. There was also a build-up of some material that looked like starch build-up on an iron. I assume this must be residue from dryer sheets or maybe fabric softener. Anyway, it was enough to throw the blower out of balance, and after it was cleaned, the noise went away. I noticed that the lint filter has a couple of missing pieces of felt around the edges. (About 2 inches missing on each side) I was wondering if this would let enough lint get by to cause this degree of clogging in the blower wheel. I'm debating whether to try to repair this with some felt, or should I just buy a new one from Sears?
This was a pretty big project, at least for me. It took about 2-3 hours to get the machine apart, clean all the lint out of it, and put it back together. We were able to fix it without taking the dryer drum out, which I think saved a lot of time, but this model is pretty aggravating to get apart and put back together.
Let me know what you think about the filter..
Yes, order the screen at http://www.searspartsdirect.com/