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Dryer drum what holds the drum in place so it is free to spin, i have fitted a new belt but nothing seems to be holding the drum at the back does anyone have any images so i can check nothing is missing?

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Please provide the brand and model but in general, the back of the drum is fitted to a mating surface and there is a felt like gasket for it to rotate on. Your dryer may have a few rollers too and when the front panel is positioned back onto the frame, it locks the drum in place with gasketing material as well. If you provide brand and model, I can get you an illustration to help..

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Model 5030D



Unplug the electrical cord of the dryer from the electrical outlet before attempting to fit a new belt on the dryer.

Remove the lint screen from under the lint screen cover and locate the screws that are underneath the cover.

Unfasten the screws with a screwdriver and remove them from the lint filter slot, setting the screws aside.

Place a putty knife between the top and the cabinet on both sides of the dryer near the front, lifting up to dislodge the lid from the plastic clips that hold the top down.

Flip the top back toward the back of the dryer and let it rest against the back wall.

Locate the front kick panel and slide the putty knife just behind both sides of the panel, pulling forward to unfasten the panel from the plastic clips. Move the panel out of the way.

Locate the screws that hold the front panel on the dryer cabinet at the top on the inside of the cabinet. Remove the screws using a screwdriver.

Unfasten the electrical wire connector by hand, pulling it straight out from the back of the front panel. Move the panel out of the way.

Place a couple of wood blocks under the front of the dryer drum to support it while you are removing the old belt. The drum is the cylinder that holds the clothes as they are drying, located just behind the front panels.

Push the idler arm forward just a bit to relieve the tension on the belt, and slide the belt off the idler and motor pulleys. The idler arm is located next to the motor near the back of the dryer and has a pulley on a metal arm with a tension spring attached to it.

Lift the drum up off the blocks just a bit, slide the old belt off of the drum, and take it out of the dryer cabinet.

Hold the drum up just enough to slide the new dryer belt around the drum and fit the belt into the V-slot in the center of the drum, laying the remainder of the belt on the bottom of the cabinet near the idler pulley so you can access it easily.

Loop the end of the belt around the idler pulley and over the motor pulley, pushing back on the idler pulley to release the tension on the belt.

Let the idler pulley move back into place and check the alignment on the belt to verify that it is seated properly on the drum and the pulleys.

Remove the wood blocks from under the drum when the new belt is installed and attach the front kick panel to the dryer cabinet, pressing the panel onto the plastic clips.

Place the front panel over the kick panel and attach the electrical wire connector to the back of the panel by hand, pressing the connector back over the electrical prongs on the back of the panel.

Attach the screws at the top of the front panel on the inside of the cabinet with a screwdriver. Lower the top of the dryer back down over the cabinet.

Press the top of the dryer down over the plastic clips until the lid is secure and fasten the screws on the inside of the lint filter cover.

Slide the lint filter into the lint filter slot and plug the electrical cord of the dryer into the electrical outlet.

Jan 09, 2013 | Hoover Dryers

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Beko Tumble Dryier - Model DRVS 73 W the Belt 9PHW 1967 has broken. Is there a step by step guide on how to fit the replacement belt.

Very easy on all tumble dryers.


This is simply a case of:
Take the top off the machine (Usually a couple of screws holding the lid on at the back).
Or - Rempove the inspection panel from the back
Drop the new belt over the drive motor spindle
On some machines you may need to thread the belt around a tensioning wheel
Now take the belt and place it on the side main wheel that drives the drum and simply spin the drum wheel with your hand, guiding the new belt into place as you spin the wheel.
It should simply stretch a little and work its way onto the wheel as it is hand turned.

Note, once it is on, take a look at the drive motor and make sure that the belt is sitting in the same place as the old one. Most of these motors have a slotted spindle and you can see from the clean and shiny surface where on the spindle the belt used to sit. If it is a little out of place, once again just take hold of the belt and pull it toward you or push it away as you spin the main drum wheel in order to move it into the correct slot.

Jun 23, 2011 | Dryers

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My creda simplicity t622cw condenser dryer wont turn

Broken or belt has come off. If can open back and fix or replace. You may need to remove the top. Careful of the heat element, lift out drum and place new belt on motor holding it while you put the drum back keep hold of belt and place around drum replace top and should be ok. Hope this Helps

May 25, 2010 | Dryers

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I have replaced the belt on my Hotpoint tumble dryer but now my drum seems to have dropped and is catching on the motor. What have I done wrong ? and how can I fix this ? thanks.

Installing a new belt in a pain. there should be rollers that the drum sits on. take the drier apart, set the drum back on the rollers and place a shoe box under the drum to hold it up or have someone help you. Open the door and make sure the drum is lined up right when you are placing the cover back on. Good Luck.

Mar 14, 2010 | Dryers

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Drum will not spin

its possible that there is something caught in blower,verify this by removing front . if drum turns freely by hand you probably have a bad belt

Mar 10, 2010 | Maytag MDE308DAYW Electric Dryer

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How do i fit a new belt to my white knight cl447 wv dryer

Pop the top (spring clips) remove the front - use care with the wires. Find the belt tensioner on the floor of the dryer. Do a complete cleaning of the inside. Put the new belt around the drum get an assistant to help you hold the drum while you thread the belt through the tensioner and place the tensioner in the tensioner holder slots sin the floor. Put the front back on, snap the top back down.

Allow 2 hours for this job.

Feb 17, 2010 | Dryers

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The belt popped on my estate dryer and i got a new belt, how do i put the new one on. a diagram or tips would be helpful

If the model number you have this listed under is correct, these are the steps necessary to replace the belt on your dryer:

1. UNPLUG the dryer.
2. Locate the two screws under the lint screen door on the dryer top panel. Carefully remove screws. NOTE: Do not drop them down the lint chute. Place a free hand over the opening, or cover with tape to prevent this from happening.
3. With two screws removed, the top panel will slide towards you, then lift up.
4. While resting the top panel against your shoulder (or propped up), remove the front panel by removing the door latch connectors and ground wires, first. Then locate the two screws that hold the front panel to the side casing. There is one on each side. Place you body against the panel with the door shut to support the panel while you loosen the screws. With the screws removed, the panel should lift up a bit then come off. NOTE: Tape the door shut while removing, so it does not fly open.
5. You can leave the drum in place, or remove it completely. The new belt needs to wrap around the drum and be routed through the idler pulley and drive motor pulley. NOTE: Since the routing of the drive belt differs on some dryers, refer to for dryer belt diagrams. Just click on the "Repair Help" link at the top of the page, followed by the "Dryer Belt Diagrams" heading under the Special Features section on the next page. Refer to diagram H for your dryer.
6. Reinstall components in the reverse order of the steps provided.


1. If you remove the drum, make sure it is seated properly on the back drum roller supports or the back of the drum will not seal properly against the back bulkhead.
2. When installing the front panel, look for the small black cleats along the front edge of the side panels. There will be a small square shaped hole on the bottom edge on the back of the front panel that the cleats must insert into. This can take some coordination if performing the repairs alone. A second person can come in handy. Once the front panel is mounted on the cleats properly, place your body against it to hold in place until you get the screws back in place.
3. Make sure the front of the drum fits around the door opening seam of the front panel when installing. This ensures a proper seal along the front of the drum.

Read through all the steps thoroughly before attempting the repair. This may seem a bit intimidating, but the process is actually very simple. If you get stuck along the way, have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know before rating the solution. I hope this helps you.

Feb 25, 2009 | Estate TGDS840JQ Gas Dryer

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Fitting new belt to Hotpoint9320w tumble dryer

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.
Please post back if any further assistance needed.
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Jan 29, 2009 | Hotpoint TDL14 Electric Dryer

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Can't Put Belt On

You have to remove the front of the dryer to
access the drum. First unplug the dryer.There are screws at the bottom of the front to remove the lower section. Once you remove that you can get to the screws for the door section. The front of the drum rides on the inside of the front panel so when you remove the panel the drum will drop down. Try to keep the drum in place with something to hold it up. Remove the old belt and place the new belt around the drum. Slid the belt back to where the belt used to ride and then loop the belt around the motor and the tension wheel. Make sure the tension wheel is tightening the belt. Hold up the drum and put the front panel back on. You may need a helper to hold things while you do this. Rotate the drum by hand and make sure it moves smoothly. Plug it back in and give it a try. I hope this helps. Any questions feel free to ask. Please rate me so I know if I'm Helping. Thanks.

Dec 30, 2008 | Frigidaire FEQ1442ES Electric Dryer

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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...

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 | Dryers

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