Thread Number: 83830  /  Tag: Vintage Dryers
1959 Whirlpool dryer, help needed on blower
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Post# 1081910   7/21/2020 at 17:26 (984 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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The blower was turning only with a strong hand, the belt sure wasn't turning it at all. 1st pic is the 2 plate blower assy, 2nd pic is the bearing block that fits on the shaft between the 2 plates. Is the top of that block purely a huge wick for turbine oil? And check out the shaft in pic 3, it has a groove that spindles down it, I never noticed when I first took this apart 4 years ago or so.

I got some oil down the shaft before I disassembled and it turned better BY HAND, but I tore the whole thing apart because it wasn't spinning freely enough to trust yet back on the dryer.

Do I just oil the wick to hell, re-assemble and check in a few days before putting the whole blower assy back on the machine?

Thanks in advance, and some day I hope to get a camera near the pilot to film how it lights its own pilot at the start of the cycle.

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Post# 1081913 , Reply# 1   7/21/2020 at 17:54 (984 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Turbine oil might work but Iíd use something like motor/engine oil to lubricate the bearing and shaft and I used motor oil to oil the drum bearing and blower/fan shaft and never had any issues with it making noise or binding up

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Post# 1081925 , Reply# 2   7/21/2020 at 20:31 (984 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Freeing Up A Tight Blower Bearing

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Hi Mark, just clean up the shaft and bearings and soak the felt wick with light turban oil.


Do Not use 15-40 weight detergent motor oil, this will gum up much faster and is too heavy for a shaft that turns at almost 2000 RPMs.


15-40 oil might work for the idler pulley bearing that turns much slower, but even there a good non-detergent grease is better.


If the blower bearing is really shot let me know as I have several good used ones that I could send you.


John L.

Post# 1082038 , Reply# 3   7/22/2020 at 20:09 (983 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
All better

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I oiled up the big wick before work, it was thirsty as hell. After work, I wiped down the spindle and reassembled everything, it's dried 2 loads of clothes smoothly and more quietly than before. I used light turbine oil, I think anything heavier would have had absorption problems into that wick. Now that it's back together, I know that round hole is for getting an oil can in there WITHOUT taking it all apart. I'll know next time. I also installed a new belt, I bought it when this problem started and I wans't sure of the problem.
I don't know if I can ever fit my iPhone in there to film the pilot light sequence, damn tight fit right near flames.
Thanks Guys!
John, I also have a Kenmore 1959 electric dryer that's working wonderfully. Instead of shipping a bearing, let's remember one on your truck next time through Cleveland--with 2 similar driers, a spare won't hurt.

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Post# 1082042 , Reply# 4   7/22/2020 at 20:30 (983 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Congrats on getting your dryer running smoothly again. You mean to tell me iPhones arenít fireproof yet??

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