Kenmore dryer bearing kit replacement -- method of attack?

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Kenmore dryer bearing kit replacement -- method of attack?

Have a 41780042990 Kenmore electric dryer, vintage 2000. Appears that the "ball" (part 5 in the diagram at www3.sears.com using the model number above) is shot. Had a squeak for a while so I ordered the whole rear bearing kit figuring there's probably a need to replace all as other stuff is probably worn as well.

Question: any idea what the disassembly procedure should be? Looks like in from the top or in from the front. Would like to guess right the first time.

Any special considerations?

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Old 12-15-06, 08:21 PM
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Question: any idea what the disassembly procedure should be? Looks like in from the top or in from the front. Would like to guess right the first time..
I haven't worked on one as new as yours, but the ones that I have done :

two clips hold the top down, at the front. Push a putty knife in to release the clips. Lift top and support with a prop rod of some sort.

Remove the screws top and bottom that hold the front panel on.

Lift drum out.

Usually pretty easy, but your mileage may vary!
 
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Cool. Thanks!
 
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Old 12-20-06, 05:25 PM
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argh! The lid!

How to get the lid off the cabinet? I'm no dummy, but this is a new one on me. Clips of some sort on the back, and it looks like hinges on the front behind the control panel.

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go to sears website at look at the image of the control panel. you are trying to depress 2 clips (no 7) that are located between the top (no 53) and the control panel (no29). once these clips are depressed the front lifts up on the rear hinges in your pictures.
 
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whew

Thanks. Too easy. OK, I'm in.

Need more guidance.

Took the belt off the idler. Removed the three screws holding the ballhitch. And the three screws holding the heat baffle for good measure.

Everything's loose, but can't seem to extract the drum and get at the bearing assembly.

What am I missing here? Does the whole front need to come off?

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Old 12-20-06, 07:43 PM
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Never mind! Got it. Front panel is basically one piece. All done with bearing kit replacement. Thanks corepairman. Lid was the holdup!
 
 

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