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Posted: 9/13/2010 7:48:41 AM EDT
I have a Whirlpool natural gas dryer that "squels" for the first 5 minutes or so when initally started. Sounds like a bearing or something, belt slipping, not sure.

It's a:

LGR5644JQ2

Serial number MM0801538

Type D433-NAT-1206006-FM22

Best place to start on fixing this problem? Thanks.

vmax84
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:58:50 AM EDT
Sounds like a belt or dryer drum coaster/spacer (not sure what it's really called.
Does the drum turn freely and with enough power to flip the dryer load when turned on?
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:00:39 AM EDT
If it is a front loader you may be able to remove the lower front panel to determine where the sound is coming from.
I had a similar noise on my old front loader and isolated it to a bad bearing on the idler wheel, it just kept getting louder.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:05:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zoomer302:
Sounds like a belt or dryer drum coaster/spacer (not sure what it's really called.
Does the drum turn freely and with enough power to flip the dryer load when turned on?


it's a front loading machine.

The drum seems like it turns with no problems. It looks like the back of the machine will come off with no problem to get at the "innards", but wanted to get a few ducks in a row before i get into this project.

The machine operates like it should, but it does squel for the first 5 minutes or so when running.

vmax84
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:08:13 AM EDT
I used a small (2") putty knife to open the lid on mine. The section where the front panel meets the top.
I had a broken belt. Was a PITA to switch but very doable. An extra set of hands really helps here. I had my son help me.

If it works under load it's probably a pulley or drum roller.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:13:22 AM EDT
I did find the parts list for the machine, but haven't tracked down the factory manual. I do have a fairly new Reader's Digest "How to Fix Anything" book I should go look at.

gotta run. Thanks a lot!!

vmax84
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 8:17:29 AM EDT
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