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(Why) do I need glue to install lower felt seal WE9M10 on a GE DDE7000SBLWW dryer?

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Definitely having to do repairs on the Dryer as well finding the proper instructions on doing the repairs can be a challenge. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did mange to find a few links that will provide you with more information about your problem. Hope this helps!

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Priscilla V -
February 26, 2012
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Thanks for your efforts. Unfortunately the two appliances above are of different configurations than the one I am working on. The first refers to a rear felt seal this dryer does not have. The second is a combo that uses a glued top seal (AFAIK) whereas my dryer uses glides. My main concern is putting glue where it should not be, and that will hamper further repair if the old seal does not stop the squeak. All other dryers with the same design front lower duct use NO glue to install the felt seal and the seal is pushed down into the channel below retaining plastic fingers and anchored at the ends in fold-over slotted grips in the lower duct/bearing. If I put glue in this channel it could render the dryer unserviceable, should it prove to need a new lower seal. (at least it would require replacing the whole lower duct assembly). Because ALL the other felt seals of this style front lower bearing/duct use NO glue, and of the several listed lower felts for various GE dryers, this is the ONLY one that has a reference to glue. And it is only on the Sears website, other websites selling this part do NOT specify glue, and one for the original number says 'note; no glue required to install these seals' leads me to suspect a documentation error. Probably at a time when 'requires glue' notes were being added to various felts listed for those whom are not technicians and do not know which felts require gluing and which don't. I suspect this specification was added by mistake to this part number at the factory when they were updating the database to show which felts require glue to install. I am HOPING whoever reads this compares this to other models and information, and information from experienced technicians or the factory, and doesn't just fall back on what is written in the database. If someone out there can confirm or reject the application of glue on this model / bearing style I would be grateful. I hate to do things the wrong way... Thanks f investigating Mr K L

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Kim -
February 26, 2012
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Here is a video of installing a similar lower felt on another GE model that has the same front panel bearing arrangement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYP_YsGP68&feature=player_embedded#! As you can see, it uses NO glue, and it looks like glue could hamper serviceability and possibly create rub spots that can not conform to drums radius in operation. (if it is not free and able to compress to the riding position of the drum lip IMHO). Mr K L

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Kim -
February 26, 2012
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Hi Kim,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

The use of glue is not necessary but as you speculated "GE recommends glue to assist in retention of the seal". I myself have not used the glue and it did not seem to cause any ill affects or issues.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram or to purchase any parts needed; Sears Parts Direct .

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
February 27, 2012
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