When I posted http://lillyput.blogspot.com/2016/03/constant-snoopervision-required.html I had assumed that my dryer wasn't working because of a broken belt. I mean it sure sounded like the belt had broken...there was a slapping sound at first and then the drum stopped spinning.
However, when hubby took the dryer apart he realized that the belt was just fine... the problem was that, oh gosh, I don't even know what you would call the part...let's see if I can describe it. The drum of the dryer sits on rollers on the bottom and then has an axle of sorts connected to the back of the dryer. This axle looks very similar to an artificial hip joint. http://www.eorthopod.com/images/ContentImages/hip/hip_arthroplasty/hip_arthroplasty_components02.jpg
Here's a picture of the actual part and they call it a shaft. (go figure!)
What broke was the ball from the shaft. No idea why it sounded like a broken belt. ???
So I searched for our favorite local appliance parts online and discovered that they are no longer in business. *SOB!* I had to order the part online. Not a huge deal, but we had a trip planned for my daughter's 18th birthday and wanted to have clean clothes for that.
Luckily even though FedEx Smartpost tried to give me heart failure by leaving my order in the truck for 24 hours just two hours away from my house and pushing back the delivery day by those same 24 hours...we did get the part in time and hubby was able to get it installed in about an hour & a half.
Of course our snoopervisor had to check out the package (she checks all packages coming into and out of the house now) and keep a close eye on all work. All work was approved by the snoopervisor!
I now have a running dryer! YAY! Not bad for a dryer that is going to be 24 years old this summer. note: we have not had to replace anything on the washer in all of those years. Going out on a limb of speculation here, but I assume that part of why we have had to replace some of the parts on our dryer are because the washer & dryer were in storage for 20 months back in 1999-2001. Or those parts were never meant to last this long.
At any rate I am so glad that we have these well built old machines. I am just bummed that all the kitchen appliances are not so well built and instead of just replacing a part when they go down, we have to get new ones.