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...
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!
Oct 28, 2008 |