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Hello Denise, I have seen this problem many times. The sneakers by themselves in the dryer cause a shock effect , when the weight of the sneakers tumbling onto the drum overloads the skinny belt and the belt breaks every time. Usually. if you dry the sneakers along with other clothes or towels this will not happen.
put the belt onto the tension pulley first then use the large diameter drum to assist you in in LEVERING the belt on with tensioner spring in place . Failing that remove and replace spring with vice grips (put spring back on as it came off ).
put the new belt onto the small pulley or drive pulley first- you will then be able to turn the belt onto the larger pulley by turning it by hand . All of this is done with power off and plug pulled out . good luck
remove the timer knob and you`ll see a small screw. remove that and the from control panel should slide upwards. once thats off you will see two metal rods/arms which fit onto the rear and the front of machine. remove the 2 screws holding the 2 rods/arms. the front of the machine can now be moved forward enough to get the belt over the drum. when the belt is over the drum, place belt onto the motor drive shaft (ribbed part of belt to ribbed pulley) then put belt between the sprung rollers and onto both rollers. make sure drum is then re aligned onto the bearing sliders on the front panel of machine. fasten back up. job done.
Put belt around spindle then pull pulleys apart and rest onto belt.
I am assuming that the spring which holds the pulleys together is still in place.
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you dont need to take the back off. to get inside, first remove the panel on the bottom of the front, that will allow you to remove the front panel and you will be able to get inside the dryer. as far as stretching the belt, i have never heard of that. there is a belt tensioner that holds the belt tight though. good luck!
with great difficulty - these belts are so tight!there is a special tool for doing it but there are other ways one way i have used is to make a spanish windlass from belt to bottom of machine. when belt is level with motor spindle, push belt on and release spanish windlass. could also try levering belt on with a screwdriver another method is to get a short piece of tubing that will fit over motor spindle. put belt over tube, lever down and slip belt on. this is the best way
pull the front off then put the belt around the drum then pull the idler pulley back to put tension on it and put the belt around the motor pulley let the idler pulley back against the belt to keep it tight replace the front and your done