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Need instructions on how to change the belt in my washer

The belt slipped off of the pulleys and I can't figure out how to get it back on! it is a kenmore 417.40042990 front loading belt-driven washing machine

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  • matthastings Jan 09, 2009

    I tried to turn the drum and it appears to be jammed by something, or somethings unknown. I cannot make it (the drum) make a complete revolution. what does this mean? is that why the motor threw a perfectly good belt? any help is appreciated!


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You have to take back off,,always unplug first..thats it just remove back take screws out all the way around back,,put belt on motor than spin drum pully...

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    onthethejob1 Jan 09, 2009

    ok im still with you i just want to be sure,,one more time go to the front of washer and push up and down on drum and listen for rattling,,or clanking ,,you should here no noise..okyou can do it better with belt off,,also you see that big pully that the belt goes on,,left it up and down too,,any noise


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