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Hi, any details on how to change a drive belt on a hotpoint vdt00 tumble dryer,as the existing belt has just snapped, i have a replacement belt ready to fit,just want to know if there are any instructions on fitting it, i,e what panels to take off to access the motor and any tips that might come in handy.Your help would be much appreciated.Thanks M Bright

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    hi there, i have done this correctly ie fitted the new belt but the rear of the drum is rubbing somewhere and making a noise that it didnt before!!! is there a bearing that goes through the rear panel into the middle of the drum to keep it in the same place? everything else has been done correctly and has fitted back into place. many thanks, jane

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Much like what KNVOSSS said.

Looking at the front of the dryer, take note that you will need to take the bottom white panel, top white panel (with controls attached), and the right hand side of the dryer off during this operation.

First, place dryer on it's back, and take off the bottom panel (white plastic) by gently tapping a flat head screw driver into the tabs (x 3). Once off, remove right hand side screw (the one immediately on the right, which is in fact connected to the right hand side panel itself).

Place dryer upright. Now whilst facing the rear, remove the two screws at the very top at the rear, and then gently 'tap' the front (the top front, with the slight chamfer to it), which will release the top, and slide it back and off. You now have access to the side panel screws. But first, remove the top plastic piece with the controls to it. Careful as there are wires ( I'm assuming here that you have disconnected the unit!). This can be done by simply flicking up the two tabs.

Now you will need to remove all screws attaching the right hand side, don't worry it won't fall apart!!

Now, i'm also assuming that you are prepared for the 'brute force' option, rather than paying £20 for a tool to do this...

Place upright, Right hand side facing you, and take note that the front panel will detach from the drum itself, by pushing the front away from the rear. Remove old belt, and by pushing fron panel away, and spinning the drum itself, you will be able to sling the new belt around the drum...Move it over the black mark made by the previous belt...

Whilst it's upright, pull the belt towards you, and spin the drum a few degrees. Keep doing this, you are effectivly stretching the belt a little, you will need this 'little' in a bit i assure you. Yes i know the belt is a rubber, however warming it up will make things easier in a minute.

Tilt the dryer on it's left side, bottom facing towards you. There should be two or three screws point out of the bottom, sharp side facing you, avoid these please!. The idea here is to pull the belt very hard towards you, whilst using your right knee to press the underside directly underneath the belt motor, this will pull belt towards the belt motor 'spidle', and push the motor itself even closer. Brute force is needed! Ensure the 'v' section to the belt is facing down onto the drum, thus ensuring correct fit to the spindle.

Like Knvosss said, vacum the lint from the exposed dryer, it's a fire hazzard. Also, put the loose change you found into money jar!

It will work, yes it's hard work, but i didn't fancy forking out extra money on a belt fitting device!

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Most dryers are put together the same, so yours should be pretty easy. first, take off the panel on the bottom of the front, there should be 2 screws holding it on. when it is off, there should be 2 screws on the bottom of the main panel for the front (the panel that has the door on it) after that is out of the way, there will be another panel that holds the drum in place. take that out and carefully remove the drum. while the drum is out, check the roller wheels and make sure they spin very easily, there should be 2 on the back of where the drum rests and one in the belt tensioner. since you already have it apart, this is a good time to replace them if needed. you can lube them, but eventually they will need replaced if they do not spin very easily. put the new belt on the drum (ribs facing the drum) and gently slide it back into place. next, put the panel that holds the drum from the front back on. now from the bottom and with a flashlight, you will have to route the belt around the belt tensioner and around the motor. this is not easy and routing is different for brands, so if you have trouble, you might have to look on the internet for a diagram, they are easy to find. after the belt is on, move the drum with your hand and watch things from the bottom, if it looks good, start the dryer(you will have to hold in the door button) and watch things from the bottom again. only after you are certain everything is good, should you put it back together. by the way, when your dryer is apart, it is a good time to clean the lint out from the inside if there is any.
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