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That Awful Squealing Noise Coming from 
Your Whirlpool/Kenmore Dryer

I thought we'd seen the last of these a while back, but I'm still running into them and answering questions about this, so thought I'd clue you in. 

Recently, for 2 or 3 years, Whirlpool tried using a new belt idler in many of their 29 inch (wide) dryers. After using the same very reliable roller type idler for many decades, I'm not sure why the change was made, but suspect a 'bean-counter' convinced someone that the change would save a bunch of money. 

Well, to make a long story short (not like me, I know! <grin>), it didn't work out. Loud squeals, high pitched whines - some of which are so high pitched, my aging ears can't even hear - and intermittent crazy noises of all sorts have been caused by the belt sliding over that little piece of Teflon™. 

Thank goodness the company has gone back to what worked for so long, the 691366 idler pulley assembly. That has solved the problem - unless you happen to own one of the dryers in question. 

The two versions look like this: 

WPL Slider Idler

The Problem

The Fix, part #691366

If yours uses a slider like the one on the left, you'll want to replace it with the roller type idler shown here on the right, part # 691366.  If it 'squeals' too long it also does the belt no favors, so you might want to pick one of those up too. Most of these machines use the same one, part # 341241, which is inexpensive and easy to replace. 

By the way, you can save a bunch of money by ordering the 29" dryer repair kit part # 4392065. Includes this idler pulley, a new belt, set of drum support rollers, hardware, and instructions, for much less than buying these parts individually. (Note: beware generic, non-Whirlpool versions of this kit, they have all kinds of problems. Look for a Whirlpool package with "FSP" on it)

And if you're not sure about the correct belt for yours, drop me an email with your model number and I'll be happy to look it up for you. You'll find your model number inside the dryer door. 

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