Now that I understand how all the parts fit together in the dryer, it seems a lot simpler than it did in the beginning. And if I knew the solution to my dryer problem, I'm sure I'd feel like that was simple too. It's always easier in hindsight.
Unfortunately, I don't know the solution to my problem. The drum bearing replacement didn't take care of it. the drum barrel still rubs against the heating coils making a scraping noise and causing blue "flames".
So while I may be a little bit smarter than I was before I attempted my first dryer repair, I'm still not smart enough.
By the way I also tried putting some extra felt in the front panel of the dryer to straighten out the tilt of the drum. It did seem to straighten out, but the scraping remains.
So I'm thinking maybe a new dryer. Anyone have any recommendations?
Or one last shot - Does anyone know of another possible solution to my problem?
Thanks, Mr. Webster, for the help you having given me thus far.