Dryer Repair- Replacing the Dryer Drum Glide (Whirlpool Part #37001298)


Hi it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we’re
going to show you how to change the drum glide on your dryer. It’s a really easy job. All
we need is a putty knife and a 5/16th nut driver. Let me show you how it’s done. Very first thing we do before we begin this
repair is disconnect the power to the dryer. If it has a plug on it simply disconnect the
plug and you are safe. If it does not have a plug, on the disconnect switch turn it off
and verify that power is disconnected to your dryer before you begin. To begin this repair the first thing we will
need to do is raise the top of the dryer. Now there are two spring clips, each one are
about three inches from the outside edge, just take a flat putty knife, locate them,
push in and depress the spring, lift up gently on the top and hold it up. Now we’ll need
something to support the top when we lift it up, you can lean it against the wall or
have somebody hold it, support it in some manner. Next we’re going to remove the front panel
and there are two 5/16th screws that secure the front panel to the cabinet, they are accessible
from the back, we’ll need to remove those. I also have the door switch, we need to remove
the wires on that and if it has a light in the model that we’re working on, we need
to remove the wires to the drum light. Take note of the location of the wires before you
remove them, you can take a picture of it or write it down. Just gently lift up on the front panel, and
unhook to two tabs from the bottom, set that aside. Next we’ll remove the front bulkhead,
four 5/16th screws secure that to the cabinet. Just pull the drum back from the bulkhead,
lift up gently on it, pull forward, and with the front bulkhead removed we can replace
the front drum glides. Just set it on a suitable work surface, we can change those. Now that we have the front bulkhead removed
from the dryer, and you lean it up against it so it a nice solid area to work with; notice
the location of the two front drum glides. They should actually be replaced as a pair,
chances are if one is worn the other one is not far behind it. And to remove these, simply
push up on the pointed end of it, push it up through the hole, tilt it up, give it a
quarter of a turn, lift the rear end with it, reserve the procedure to replace it. Take
the T-shaped end, put it in first, and a quarter of a turn, press the pointed end down through,
press it flat into place. Now we’re ready to put the bulkhead back
on the dryer cabinet. To reinstall the front bulkhead, we basically
want to push the bulkhead up against the dryer drum, making sure that the two glides are
underneath the left of the drum and we can lift up, install these two tabs one on each
side, in this little opening in the cabinet. Now at the same time we want to make sure
that we engage the blower outlet correctly, make sure the drum is still sitting on top
of the slides. We’re ready to install the four 5/16th hex head screws. Reinstall the
wires for the light, make sure it goes through the harness holder, there are two different
sized terminals so pretty hard to mix these two up, make sure they fit snugly, if they
don’t, just give them a little crimp with a pair of needle nose pliers, now we’re
ready to put the front panel on. As we install the front panel, we want to
engage two clips on the bottom of the cabinet, two slots in the bottom of the front panel.
Tilt the front into place, and reinstall the two 5/16th screws that secure the front panel
to the cabinet. Next we’ll reinstall the wires to the door switch, this is where you
consult the notes that you made when took them off, make sure they are in the proper
locations, make sure they fit snugly, if not crimp them with a pair of needle nose pliers. Now we’re ready to put the top down. To
engage the two alignment tabs one on each side with the holes in the bottom of the top,
and then two locator tabs on the front, and snap it into place. And our repair is complete. That’s just how easy it is to change the
dryer drum glide on your dryer. Thanks for watching and good luck with your repair.

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