Recently a friend was moving. She had a dryer that made noise and she didn’t feel like dealing with it. Thinking our dryer is on it’s last legs, I went and picked up her squeaky dryer convinced I could stop the squeak in the Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer. Turns out, I was right and it wasn’t expensive at all. Check the video at the end for more complete steps. Also, yes, I did feel a very strong sense of victory after fixing this by myself. Women can and do fix things!
This is for the Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer model number WED7800XL0. I’m not sure if this works for other models. But, I’ll tell you I couldn’t find a single video or how to fix this specific model, so that’s why I put together my tutorial.
If your dryer is making a squeak, squeal or ear piercing noise, it’s highly likely you need to replace your idler pulley. This is a very common issue and very easy to fix. Before you go off buying parts, you can easily check to see if that’s what’s causing your issue. Most dryers, you’ll remove the front of the dryer, have to take out the drum and do a whole bunch of other stuff to get to the idler pulley. Which is what I did when I couldn’t find anything about this specific dryer.
That’s when I saw all of the insides and realized I could see the pulley much closer to the back! (You can see it peeking out here).
So, don’t do that! Don’t take the front off for replacing the idler pulley on this Cabrio. After putting it all back together, I turned it around and took the BACK off.
I’m not saying this isn’t without risk to proceed with caution. With the back removed, turn the dryer on (just the air setting) and see if you can isolate the sound. Our idler pulley (see the video) was definitely the culprit. You could see it skipping.
Things you’ll need to stop the squeak in your Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer
You’ll need a set of sockets to remove the screws on the back of the dryer as well as to remove the old pulley.
You’ll also need a new idler pulley. I bought mine at a local appliance store for about $25. Turns out you can get them on amazon for a lot cheaper. So if you can wait for a day or two, do that! Make sure you get the replacement part number W10547292.
How to replace the idler pulley in your Whirlpool Cabrio Dryer
UNPLUG YOUR DRYER!
I think this is one of those times where watching a video is actually more helpful. But, I also like to read things so let’s see if I can put it into words, too.
We’ve already located the idler pulley in the inside back of the dryer (on the bottom left). Stop here and take a picture so you remember the course of the belt.
Now, you’ll need to remove the spring from the dryer (leave it on the pulley) as well as the screw (you’ll need those socket wrenches here, too) at the bottom of the pulley.
Take the belt off the pulley and remove it from the dryer.
You should have your replacement pulley handy. You’ll first want to remove the spring from the damaged idler pulley and place it on the new idler pulley.
Next, you’ll want to put the pulley back into the dryer and screw it in.
After it’s screwed in, feed the belt back over the pulley to match how it was previously done.
Finally, and being extra careful here because the spring is tight, stretch the spring back to the dryer and attach it through the loop. This is definitely a two hand job! Proceed with caution.
Before I put the back of the dryer in it’s home base, I plugged the dryer back in and ran it with air to make sure this was the fix I needed to do. Sure enough, so more noise or squeaking.
It was time to replace the back of the dryer, scoot it back to the wall and dry our clothes in peace and quiet.
Here’s the video. I think it’s a little easier to see and hopefully helps!