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Belt breakage I just replaced the belt, and it is broken again. It appears to have broken, no sign of burning. The idler pulley appears to spin freely and there are no burrs in the motor pulley, Please help me. Thanks Andy

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  • gajrwolf Apr 19, 2009

    I am having a problem with my maytag dryer betl breaking. It is a DE410 model. I have had 2 break on my in the last 2 weeks. All rolers are spinning freely and the idler pully spins free. I have checked for burrs on burrs. What should I look for. One thing I'm not sure of is the specific way the belt goes around the idler pulley and the pulley on the motor. Is there a view I can see to show me the way it should go?

    thanks

    Greg

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As well as the obvious pulleys on the belt, most dryer drums are suspended on felt or nylon glides. and a pair of load bearing wheels, separate from those supporting and tensioning the belt.
If the drum support wheels (which are a cruddy bronze bush bearing and do fail) are stuck, or the felts or nylon glides have worn allowing metal to touch metal, the extra load will break the belt.
It could have been the cause of the first belt failing too.
Open the case agan (sorry) and examine the underside of the drum for stuck support rollers, and the drum itself for felts or nylon glides. If one is worn replace them all (they come in sets anyway).
The local parts guy will likely have the parts, as there are very few, common to many dryers
Sorry this is a generic answer, but there is no model given so cant tell you whether you are looking for just rollers, just felts, just glides, or any combination of the three.

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