My TD301 is nearly 23 years old. So it doesn't owe me anything.
I have just noticed some material hanging down inside the front. It looks like suede. I have tried tucking it back in but it keeps popping out. I can move the drum up and down 3-4mm.
I came to the conclusion the rear bearing has worn and the drum is now rubbing on the material at the front, causing it to break up. No complaints. I have used it 3-4 times a week for 23 years.
I have found someone selling the rear bearing and the 'felt' bearing for the front. I assume this is the one hanging down. The dryer works perfectly well otherwise.
Please can someone confirm my diagnosis and let me know if I need to order any other parts before I dismantle the tumble dryer?