LG Dryer Repair – How to Replace the Drum Roller (LG # 4581EL3001E)


“Hi, it’s Steve. Today we’d like to show you how to change
a drum roller on your dryer. It’s a really easy job. Let me show you how we do it. Now, before we begin this repair, the first
thing we’ll need to do is to disconnect power to the dryer. Either pull it far enough forward that you
can unplug it or locate the electrical panel, turn off the appropriate breaker or remove
the appropriate fuses. Once we’ve done that, we’ll then pull that
dryer at least far enough that we can access retaining screws that secure the top to the
cabinet and they are located just under the lift at the back of the cabinet. Now we’ll remove those three screws and then
the ones that are tucking underneath the top not the ones that are fully exposed. With the screws removed, we’re just going
to pull that main top back towards us. Hold back a boat one-half or three-quarters
of an inch from the control panel. You should be able to lift it off. There are four plastic mounts attached to
the top of the cabinet that will line up with four hooks on the main top. Once we have the top off, we’ll set it aside. Our next step will be to remove two screws,
one in either corner that secure that console to that mounting bracket. Next, we need to disengage these tabs that
are attached to the control panel and they hop over that metal support bracket across
the front. We’re just going to lift up on that control
panel or pulling towards us. Once that is clear that metal bracket, find
that the electrical connections to the control panel will bind up against that support bracket. What we’ll do next is we’ll remove the two
screws that secure that support bracket to the top of the cabinet. Once we’ve got that control panel free of
that metal bracket, you may find that you’re able to tilt it far enough forward while lifting
up on it to disengage it from the front panel. More often than not, you’ll find it these
two electrical connections prevent you from lifting it up high enough. You may wish to disconnect those two first
and they’re on their fairly snug. It’s best to use a pair of pliers, take note
that there is a locking tab for each of them. We’re going to compress that locking tab just
by pulling upwards on it and using our pliers we’ll pull that connector back at the same
time. Do the same for the second one. Once you’ve disconnected those two harnesses,
you should then be able to tilt that panel up and away. At this point you can disconnect the remaining
four harnesses that hold the control panel in place or you may choose just to tilt the
panel up on top. We’re going to remove it. Again, there was a locking tab for those connectors,
depress the tab and pull the harness connector away. Always remember to put on the harness connector
itself and not the wires. Now we have the control panel free, we can
set that aside. We’ll go to the front of the dryer. Our next step will be to open the door up
and we’re going to remove two screws that are down in the lint filter area first. We’ll take note that these are a machine screw
and not a self-tapping screw. Next we’ll remove screws across the top of
that front panel. Just support that panel and door is remove
the last screw and just tilt it forward enough that you can access the door switch connector,
grasp that and pull it away from the door switch holder. There is no locking tab on that and just get
a good firm grip on the connector and pull it towards you. The whole panel and door assembly down and
then lift it off the bottom. We’ll set that aside. Next, we’ll need to remove the front bulkhead. Before we do that, we’ll disconnect the wire
harness for the light bulb socket. Simply grasp that and pull it away from the
socket. There are four screws that secure that bulkhead
to the cabinet, we’ll remove those. Next, I will also want to disconnect the wire
harness to the sensor. It’s reaching underneath, locate the locking
tab. You press that and then separate the two halves
of the harness. The actual need to lift up on the drum from
the inside, as we pull that bulkhead out through the front. By lifting it up, we disengage the front rollers
from the front edge of that drum. If we’re just changing one of the front rollers,
all we need to do is remove the tri-ring that holds the roller in place. If you’re replacing one of the rear rollers,
you will need to first of all remove the drum. To do that, you will need to reach in, disconnect
the drum belt from the either so I can that off, then remove two screws on either side. With the support bracket, lift that out of
the way and then pull the drum up. To remove that tri-ring, we’ll take a flat
blade screwdriver and we’re just going to pull that out far enough to pull it out of
the detent in that drum roller shaft. Just lift one side off, and the second side. These can sometimes get fairly brutal as we’re
in a pretty hot environment. It may be in your best interest to order spare
ones of those when you order a drum roller in case you damaged one. We’re just going to take the old roller off
of the shaft and inspect that shaft and if there’s any sign of corrosion, you’ll need
to clean that up or if there’s any residue you’ll also want to clean that off of that
shaft so that your new drum roll turn free. Once we clean that shaft up, we’ll put our
new drummer over in place. Make sure it turns freely. That’s also good idea. This point, a little bit of lubrication to
that shaft, just a few drops of machine oil will do nicely. The bearing in the drum or itself is permanently
lubricated. You don’t need much on that shaft. Then take our tri-ring and we’ll push that
down over that shaft until it locks into the groove. If we were changing the front drum rollers
or simply ready to put that bulkhead back in place. If you were changing a rear one as mentioned,
you’ll need to disconnect the drum belt from the idler shaft, and when removing the belt
on the idler or reaching both hands, locate the belt and the idler. By pushing over on that idler bracket against
the tension spring, that will release the tension on the belt. We can lift it away from the outer pulley
lift it away from the motor pulley. Release the tension on that either spring
and then lift the drum and the belt out. Next, we’ll remove screws for this front bracket. Then we’ll pull the drum out of the way. just remove the two screws in the front and
the two on the top and disengage that bracket. Pull the wire harness out through the opening
and unhook the door switch harness from behind. Then just set that bracket and the screws
aside. Now at this point, you should be able to take
that belt we’ll lift up the drum. We lift it off of the rear drum rollers. Pull it forward out through the opening and
just set that aside. That gives us access to both the rear drum
rollers and we would replace those in the same manner that we do the front ones. Now we’re ready to put the drum back in. We’ll begin by just lining up that belt just
back of the center point. The screw in the center is the center point
of that drum. The belt will lie just about an inch back
of that. We’ll start by lining the belt up roughly
in that position. We’ll use it to support the weight of the
drum and we’ll lift it back into place. Then we want to set it on the rear drum rollers. We need to manipulate it back and forth a
bit then you’ll feel it when it drops into place. Again, we’ll pull that belt roughly into the
position that it should be in. Then we’ll reach in with both hands and we’ll
reconnect it to the idler pulley and the motor. Now with the drum set back on the rear rollers,
we’re ready to reconnect that belt. Line it up on the drum roughly where it would
have been before. You’ll see a mark on the exterior of the drum
to help you line that up. Then reaching in with both hands take the
belt you’re going to wrap it over the top of that idler. Pull the idler to the left and then hook that
belt around the motor pulley. Make sure the groove side of the belt is into
the motor pulley. The flat side is sitting on the idler wheel
and the groove side is on the drum. At this point, you should be able to turn
that drum and you’ll see that the motor and blower wheel will turn at the same time. Make sure the belt is still groove side against
the drum. Now we’re ready to put the support bracket
back on the top. Pull the wire harnesses out. We’ll attach the one for the door switch into
the holder. Then line that bracket up with the screw holes
on top of the cabinet. You note that there’s a hook on either side
that will fit into a slotted opening on the front of that panel. Then attach the screws. Make sure the screws that you put in the front
are roughly in about the center of that bracket. Now, we’ll lift the bulkhead into position. We need to make sure that we get the lower
edge of that housing behind the lip on that bottom of the cabinet. To do that we’re going to tuck the top of
that bulkhead in first. We’ll also need to lift up on the drum at
the same time. Make sure that housing is inside the cabinet. Then locate the front of the drum make sure
it’s sitting on top of those drum rollers. Then we’ll lift up on that bulkhead and reattach
the four hooks into the T-slots on the cabinet. Now once we have one side in concentrate on
the opposite side and then just rotate that drum to make sure that it’s sitting on the
drum rollers properly. We’ll then reattach the four retaining screws. Next, we’ll reattach the harness for the dryer
sensor. Make sure that the locking tab engages. Now, before we put the front panel on our
next step will be to reconnect the wire harness to the light socket. Make sure that’s firmly pressed in place. It’s easier to do it before you put the front
panel on, because you have more room to do so. Tuck the rest of that harness into the restraint
in behind. Now we’re ready to put the front panel on. Now when installing the front panel you want
to make sure that we line up those two slotted openings on the bottom with the two tabs that
are attached to the base at the front. Make sure it sits evenly on those and then
all the way push down. We’ll tilt it forward enough that we could
reconnect the harness to the door switch. Press that firmly into place. Then we’re ready to reattach the screws and
secure that front panel to the cross member on the top. Tighten those bolts securely. Now we’re ready to put the console back in
place. Begin by installing the four smaller harnesses
first. They’re all basically color-coded so you can’t
mix them up. There are two blue and some two white ones. Now with those pressed firmly into place,
we’ll next going to set that control panel onto the top of the front panel. We want to line up these four tabs with the
openings in the top of the front panel. Let’s center it side by side. Press it firmly down onto the front panel
the same time tilting it back up against the support bracket on the front. Now, we’ll reattach the two large wire harness
connectors to the relays. Again, these are color-coded. You’re simply going to press them into place
and push them in firmly until the locking tabs engage. Now we’re going to push the top edge of that
control panel over the metal bracket to make sure that it locks in place. Then install the two retaining screws on each
end. We can then put the main top back on and again
we want to line that up. Leave a gap about half the three-quarters
of an inch between the front edge of that panel and the back edge of the console and
then just push it forward and that will lock it on both sides. Install the three retaining screws across
the back. Now we’ll go back in the front of the dryer
and we’ll reinstall the two screws through the front panel into that bulkhead. These are the two machine screws. Now we’re ready to push the dryer back into
place, reconnect the vent if you’ve disconnected it or reconnect the power and your repair
is complete.”

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8 thoughts on “LG Dryer Repair – How to Replace the Drum Roller (LG # 4581EL3001E)

  1. Excellent video! The multiple views, especially how to reattach the belt were appreciated. Your skills are evident sir, thank you!

  2. Followed video instructions and buttoned it up, simply and directly by following this video. He was clear, concise and showed each step of disassembly and reassembly. Very helpful.

  3. Pretty freaking good==>allmy.tips/LG_Dryer?56d    Can't handle larger loads, but these things wash and dry without moving things between machines. Pretty fantastic.

  4. This video was perfect. Can you tell me if when the drum turns and is wobbly this is the solution? The drum wobbles a lot and makes a lot of noise when it is running.

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