Yes, lint-clean-up was a major theme during the repair.  A few years ago the 
vent duct became detached from the back of the dryer for a month or two before 
I caught it.  The dryer was re-breathing lint, which probably contributed to 
the rear drum bearing failure.  There was an amazing amount of lint inside (and 
behind) the dryer, which all was vacuumed up.  The inside of the vent duct was 
pretty clean but also was vacuumed up.  
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300

On October 16, 2016 2:02:26 PM EDT, MG via Mercedes <> 
>Max, did you take the duct covers off on the back of the dryer? I 
>got one dryer from someone for my daughter. The thing would 
>overheat and put out hardly any from the duct. Come to find out 
>that the ducts inside the back of the dryer were almost totally 
>plugged up with lint and sand. I decided that just G&G to do the 
>same on our 20 year old dryer. Found some lint in there also so 
>while you are at it....
>> Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:42:58 -0400
>> From: Max Dillon <>
>> Today I did the deed, dryer is fixed!  Left the dryer in top of the
>washer for the repair.  Rick's description was the best, big ball
>mounted on the rear of the drum, rides in a plastic cup mounted on the
>rear wall of the dryer.  I bought the kit from appliance parts pro's,
>$24 delivered.  I also replaced the water lines to the washer while I
>had the stack pulled away from the wall.
>> Top of the dryer has spring clips at the front edge, hinge at the
>rear, YouTube videos show the way.
>> Looks like this particular Kenmore was made by Frigidaire.  Really a
>pretty easy job, but took about half a day because I spent a lot of
>time cleaning up 17 years of accumulated lint and dust.
>> I did not (yet) replace the nylon strips that the front of the drum
>rides on, that'll be next.
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