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How to Change Drum Bearings on Maytag Dryers

Maytag automatic dryers use bearings to keep the drum properly positioned and rotating smoothly. If the drum bearings break or wear out, the dryer may produce a high-pitched sound. In some cases, a loud thumping sound may be heard as the drum struggles to stay centered. Change the broken or faulty drum bearings with new ones to keep your Maytag dryer working efficiently.


Step 1

Unplug the power cord from the electrical socket. 


Step 2

Remove the screws holding the control console to the top of the dryer.  Lift the console up and back to hang behind the dryer cabinet.


Step 3

Remove the lint screen from its compartment.  Remove the screws next to the lint screen compartment.


Step 4

Insert the tip of the putty knife under the top panel in the front of the dryer.  Slide the putty knife across the gap to locate two internal clips.

Press the knife into each clip to unhook it. 


Step 5

Lift the top panel up and set aside.  Disconnect the electrical connector leading to the door switch.


Step 6

Remove the two screws on the top of the front panel.  Lift the front panel up to disconnect it from the base.

Set the front panel aside. 


Step 7

Move the idler pulley toward the left to loosen the belt.  Slide the belt off the pulleys.

Lift the drum and belt out through the front of the Maytag dryer. 


Step 8

Remove the bolt connecting the drum bearing to the cabinet.  Slide the bearing off the shaft.


Step 9

Insert the new bearing onto the shaft.  Install and tighten the bolt that holds it in place.


Step 10

Reverse the disassembly steps to put the Maytag dryer back together. 

Things You Will Need

  • Socket wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Putty knife

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