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Converting from 3 prong to 4 prong

Maytag dryer - wires in dryer are colored black/yellow, white, blue and my new cord has green (ground), white, red and black. Can somebody tell me which ones go to which ones?

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Red and black go to the outer sides. white always goes in the middle and green just screws into the cabinet. so I would connect black to black white toi white and the blue to red and green to the cabinet

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