Dryer Repair – Replacing the Thrust Washer (Whirlpool Part# 233520)
Dryer Repair – Replacing the Thrust Washer (Whirlpool Part# 233520)


Steve: Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today
we are going to show you how to change the thrust washer on your dryer. It’s a pretty
easy job. Don’t need too many tools, a putty knife; sixteenths snap driver and a pair of
e-ring pliers. 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 is a plug on, simply disconnect
the plug and you’re 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’ll
need to do is, raise the top of the dryer, and there’s two spring clips each of them
are around 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 hold it up. Now we’ll
need something to support the top when we lift it up, either lean it against the wall
or have somebody hold it, support it in some manner. Next we are going to remove the front
panel, and there is two five sixteenths screws that secure the front panel to the cabinet,
they’re accessible from the back, we’ll need to remove those and also have the door
switch, we need to remove the wires on that and if it has a light in the model that we
are working on, we need to remove the wires to the drum light. Take note of the location of the wires before
you remove them either take picture of it or write it down, just gently lift up on the
front panel and unhook the two tabs from the bottom set that aside. Next we’ll remove
the front bulkhead four, five sixteenths screws that secure that to the cabinet. Just pull
the drum back from the bulkhead, lift up gently on it pull forward, set aside the front bulkhead,
now with the front bulkhead removed we have access to the drum and belt. To remove the
drum we need to release the pressure on the idler pulley just located just right at the
centre, push it towards right hand side, pull the belt off the idler pulley, now we can
lift the drum upward forward and lift the belt off of the drum, set the drum aside. Now that we have the drum removed we have
access to the rear drum or our shaft, the thrust washer. First we’ll need to remove
the e-ring that secures those in place, remove the defective thrust washer, now we have that
off we’ll inspect the drum roller make sure the hub in good shape, there is lubrication
on the drum roller shaft, if now put two drops of turbine oil on that. Reinstall the new
thrust washer e-ring back on make sure it snaps firmly into the groove, and we are ready
to begin reassembly. Before we will begin to reassemble the dryer,
it would be a good time to take a vacuum cleaner and vacuum up any lint that’s laying in
areas inside of the cabinet just to make sure we don’t have any excess amount in there,
which could create a potential fire hazard. Next we are going to take the drum and the
belt, put a loop, the belt around the drum mainly to use as a lifting support, we’ll
lift the drum into place, engage the rear rollers in this area of the drum. Now we are ready to reinstall the belt, we
need to wrap it around the motor pulley and the idler pulley, we’ll do that through
the front, put the groove side of the belt around the motor pulley, pull it across the
top, lift up on the either pulley wrap the belt around the idler pulley. Make sure it’s
sitting firmly on top of the rollers and as we turn the drum we should see the blower
wheel now we are ready to put the front bulkhead on. To reinstall the front bulkhead, we basically
want to push the bulkhead up against the dryer drum making sure that the two plaids are underneath
the lip of the drum then we can lift up and install these two tabs one on each side into
the opening in the cabinet. Now at the same time we want to make sure that we engage
the blower outlet correctly, make sure that the drum is still sitting on top of the slides,
now we are ready to install the four five sixteenths hex head screws. Reinstall the
wires, the light, make sure they go through the harness holder and there are two different
size terminals so pretty hard to mix these two up. Make sure they fit snugly, if they
don’t should give them a crimp with a pair of needle nose pliers. Now we are ready to pull the front panel on,
as we install the front panel, we want to engage two clips at the bottom of the cabinet,
two slots in the bottom of the front panel, tilt front into place and reinstall the two
five sixteenths screws that secure the front panel to the cabinet. Next we’ll reinstall
the wires to the door switch this is where you can consult the notes that you made when
you took them off, make sure they are in a proper locations, make sure they are fit snugly
and if not crimp them with a pair of needle nose pliers, now we are ready to put the top
down, to engage the two alignment tabs one on each side two holes in the bottom of the
top, two locator tabs on the front snap it into place and our repair is complete, and
that’s how you change the thrust washer on your dryer. Thanks for watching, and good
luck with your repair.

1 thought on “Dryer Repair – Replacing the Thrust Washer (Whirlpool Part# 233520)”

  1. Sassy Frassy says:

    I'd need a how to for replacing this part in a washer! According to the website, this is the part I need in my Amana washer! My washer sometimes stops agitating mid cycle, then I get smoke coming up around the tub and it has a burnt rubber smell. I've replaced the belt, but it started acting up again. I can let if fill, turn it off, let it sit an hour and it completes the cycle fine. It does sometimes make a scraping, grinding noise during agitation and sometimes during spin. Is this the part I need!

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