Dryer Repair – Replacing the Bearing and Seal (Whirlpool Part # W10663510)
Dryer Repair – Replacing the Bearing and Seal (Whirlpool Part # W10663510)

Hi, it’s Steve. Today we’re going to show you how to change
the front bearing and the seal on your dryer, and it’s a really easy job. All we’re going to need as a Phillips screwdriver,
a small flat-blade screwdriver and maybe a 5/16 nut driver. Let me show you how we do it. Now, before we begin this repair, the first
thing we’ll need to do is to disconnect power to the dryer. Simply pull the plug on, or if it is a hardwired
dryer, you’ll want to locate the fuse or breaker panel and disconnect the power at that source.Now,
next, we’ll pull the lint screen completely over the top and set it aside, and that will
expose two Philip screws that go down through the top under that lint filter housing. Carefully remove those screws without dropping
them down into the opening, and set them aside. Now, next we’ll grasp the back of that top
and just pull it forward, and then lift up on it. That will disengage from the spring clips
that are located on the top of the front panel. We can lift that top up and either have somebody
support it, or if it’s close enough to the wall, you can just lean it up against the
wall.Now, with the main top up and supported, we’ll next locate the wire harness connector
to the door switch. With our flat-blade screwdriver, we’re just
want to go in under the edge of that and loosen those tabs, then pull that apart. Now, our next step will be to remove the two
screws that secure the front panel to the cabinet. This model uses a 5/16 hex head screw, so
remove both of those. Next, we can just tilt that front panel forward. You may need to support the drum at the same
time.Once we’ve tilted that out a bit, we’ll just give that a little sharp pull upwards
to release the two locking tabs at the bottom, and we can turn that around. That will give us access to that front bearing
and seal. Next we’re just going to see if we can lift
up on that top bearing enough to get a piece of it. Once we’ve got it up over top of those clips,
you can just roll that completely off. You’ll note that the new bearing is missing
that top center hole. We’ll need to pop that little plastic locator
tab out of there. With a flat-blade screwdriver, we’re just
going to depress the size of that little tab and pop it down through the open.We can discard
that. Now, when we go to position that new bearing
and seal in place, we want to make sure that the fold is such that the closed edge of that
fold will face towards the drum. We’ll line up those openings, set them over
top of the little locator pins, lay that flat, and then Just stretch that seal around the
perimeter. Then fold it back, and it’s ready to reinstall
the front panel. When installing that front panel, we’re going
to look at these two rectangular openings on the bottom that will engage these two metal
clips on the sides of the cabinet.We’ll align those up first, and you just need to lift
up on them slightly to engage them. At the same time, we have to push that drum
back into position. Once we have the bottom of that front panel
engage with the cabinet, we can push it back into position. We want to make sure that we have the drum
sitting out on top of that bearing, and then we’ll reinstall the two screws. Next we’ll reconnect the wire harness to the
door switch and make sure those little locking tabs engage.We can then lower our main top
down into position, and again, just pull it slightly forward to engage those little spring
clips at the front. Next we’ll put those two Philip screws back
into the top that secure the lint filter housing and take care that we don’t drop those down
into that opening. Tighten both of those securely and then reinstall
our lint filter. We’re now ready to reconnect the power, and
our repair is complete.

2 thoughts on “Dryer Repair – Replacing the Bearing and Seal (Whirlpool Part # W10663510)”

  1. motavation experience says:

    very good. what symptoms would indicate that this needs to be done

  2. David Kaczmarek says:

    Thanks for the video. A walk through made the job a lot easier

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