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The tools you will need to complete do it yourself clothes dryer repair

Updated on July 18, 2011

Simple took kit for Do It Yourself Dryer Repair

Please follow all safety precautions.  This is a description of the simple tool kit you should assemble in order to work on dryer repair. You will need two nut drivers, an oven thermometer a flat blade like a putty knife, both a phillips head and slot screwdrivers.

For the home workshop, these tools are adequate and quite serviceable. You do not need top of the line tools to perform most of the tasks required for Do It Yourself repair. These inexpensive tools will do the job.

Simple Tools Needed for Dryer Repair


Standard Oven Thermometer

Oven Thermometer
Oven Thermometer

Multi Meter & Voltage Detector

Multimeter aka Volt Ohm Meter (VOM)
Multimeter aka Volt Ohm Meter (VOM)
Voltage Detector
Voltage Detector


It is important to have the correct lubricants for a dryer.

First, cleaning bearings, rollers, and pulleys is important. Use a penetrating lubricant for this purpose such as WD40, or another lubricant with a spray application and penetrating properties. This will clean the used parts and restore many of them to like new condition.

Second, the idler pulley must be lubricated with turbine oil. Turbine oil is inexpensive and good for hundreds of other uses. It is designed to be used in heavy duty applications with heat and steam where a light oil is needed.

And finally, the drum supports (rollers, wheels) need to be lubricated with a high temperature grease. The many applications require a high temperature grease that will last over time. Don't cut corners here. Typical grease used in automotive applications will fail early and you will have to do the job again. Choose a grease that is specifically formulated for heat and heavy use. Syl-Glide is a silicon based grease that can be purchased at an appliance parts store. You may substitute other silicon based grease for this brand. Also, if you are repairing a Frigidaire Dryer by replacing the bearing, the manufacturer will supply the grease. Be ready for high prices. Very good grease will cost quite a bit, $10 or so for a small amount.

Oven Thermometer

Standard Oven Thermometer

A dryer on set for normal/high heat should cycle at 155 degrees F. The dryer air temperature should reach 155 degrees then the thermostat will shut the heat element off and the temp will fall until a temperature of about 125 is reached. Then the thermostat will turn back on and will stay on until the high temperature is reached again. This cycling on and off of the heating element keeps the clothes at the optimum drying temperature. Also, the cycling tests should be conducted with an empty dryer.

CAUTION: The dryer may be over heating. If the temperature reaches 175 to 180, place the dryer on a fluff or air only setting and let it cool off. Over heating can be caused by several things, the most common cause is a thermostat that has failed. Usually this conditions causes a no heat condition, however, there are times that it does not shut the heat off as required.

Multi Meter Volt Ohm Meter & Votage Detector

A volt ohm meter (VOM) also called a multimeter is an absolute necessity for appliance repair. You can test the electronic parts with this tool without electricity. It is used mainly for testing continuity and resistance. You can easily tell if many of your dryer parts are good or bad. I am writing a separate hub on the use of a multimeter.

A voltage detector is so much fun to use that you may think it is a toy rather than the indispensable tool that it is. It is a very handy tool and made for the novice repair person. The reason I say this is that this tool can be used without opening any machine, without unplugging any appliance or worrying about knowing anything about electricity. You just turn it on, and then you put the tip near anyplace where there should be electricity, like the place where you plug something into the wall, or inside a wire that runs something. Just like that, through the insulation, plastic coverings and so on, you get a audible tone and a flashing light. It is so fun to use that you will be attempted to run around the house testing everything you can think of. It is safe to do so and so much fun.


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      6 years ago

      Thanks, Steveo, for this article on the proper lubes. When our roller bearing started squeaking we tried a few different lubes but after a few days use it would start squeaking again. The Super Lube you recommended from Amazon (who's almost doubled the price) worked the best but it still starts squeaking again after a few weeks. We've had this dryer for a while and have had good luck with it except for these roller bearings, which burn out about every few years, but sooner each time. For the first couple new bearings, we didn't use any lube and they lasted the longest (the part didn't come with any and the official service manual is vague about the lube), but lube is recommended, right? Could this new bearing just be a bad one (not quite to spec), or could something else be going that's causing this bearing to burn through its lube, and burn out prematurely?

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      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Yes it is the same stuff Allan. Turbine oil is available everywhere. Thanks for the read and good luck with the dryer.

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      Allan Douglas 

      8 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

      Hmmm... going to have to do some shopping before I crack the case. Turbine oil? I'll check my hardware store, but if they don't have it what else would be a source? Oh, duh! Amazon of course! Is air tool oil the same as turbine oil? Amazon's description does not state that and I'd hate to make an incorrect assumption and ruin Sweeties dryer!

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      My Grandfather made me fix the dryer belt I busted on his dryer when I was a kid because I tried drying a completely soaked sleeping bag in it. After several electrocutions I couldn't do it, again, more reason why I admire folks like you who know how!


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