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Our kenmore dryer doesn't spin

It heats, but the drum doesnt turn. dear husband has it apart right now the skinny band around the middle of the drum (this is looking down onthe dryer with the ''lid'' lifted) looks like it has moved an inch or so....

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Thats your belt and it may have slipped off the pulleys underneight

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