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The usual method of accessing the belt is to remove the entire fron panel (including door). It is usually easy to remove the panel by removing a couple of screws at the top and pulling up and out on the panel. The belt can be reached from the front. All dryer belts have a spring loaded tensioner on the belt. Check the tensioner as belts hardly ever come off unless the tensioner spring breaks.
Hello there and thank you for choosing fixya Here is the full repair breakdown for you Whirlpool and Kenmore style dryers - how to take apart: disconnect power first -
Many dryers that I see have the two piece front, but some are the full
front with no lower access panel on the bottom front ( see paragraph
). The lower panel
can be removed by
using a straight screw driver to pry it off the upper
place screw driver in the middle top
area ( below the door opening ) and "pop" it out towards you, sometimes you
may have to do this at the side top corners of the lower panel as well. Once un-cliped from
the top clips, the panel will have to be lifted up off the lower clips
towards you. Once the lower
panel is off, you should be able to see 2 screws
on the bottom corners of the door panel, loosen these 2 screws off a couple of turns but
not remove them. From here you can see the idler pulley, motor, belt break switch
and part of the belt. To go further in the disassembly, lift the cover from the lint
filter or if yours is the one with a filter and cover together, remove the whole filter.
You will see 2 screws
under the cover/filter,
remove them. Now, you will need a putty knife or a thin shafted straight screw driver to
remove the top panel. Push the putty knife or screw driver here
to "pop" the front top clips. The top panel will hinge back towards the wall and
can be left there. Just inside the top of the front panel, you will see 2 screws, remove them. You will see the wires for
the door switch on the right side, remove the metal clips to allow a more loose wire
harness, hold the drum up slightly in one hand and tilt
the top of the front panel towards you, you can now lift it off of the screws that you
loosened earlier and place it on the right side of the dryer cabinet. On the dryers with a
full front, use the same directions but you can ignore the lower panel and the loosen the
screws parts. The front will lift off of 2 clips about 6 inches from the bottom and again
be placed on the right side of the cabinet. You should undo the belt from the idler pulley
and motor pulley, now you are ready to remove the drum. Just grab hold of both ends and
lift it out. This style of dryer also has a rear access panel, you can see the operating
thermostats, heat element connections from this point.
For the model dryer you have listed, the dryer cabinet can be removed for cleaning by following these steps:
1. UNPLUG the dryer and remove the lint screen.
2. Remove the two screws that were under the lint screen and lift the top panel.
3. Unplug the door switch connector plug and any ground wire that may be installed on the casing.
4. Locate the two screws that hold the front panel in place. There should be one screw on each side in the cabinet interior.
5. With the door shut, lean against the front panel and remove the two screws that hold it in place. Once the screws are removed, grasp the front panel at the top center and lift straight up to remove.
You should now have complete access to the dryer interior. Once you have completed your inspection and cleaning of the dryer interior re-install the dryer front panel by holding it as you did previously. Line up the holes on the inside bottom edge of the front panel with the small mounting cleats on the front edge of the side panels. This can be done by yourself, but an assistant may make it easier. Once you have the front panel in place, lean against it to hold it in place and install the mounting screws.
NOTE: Don't forget to reconnect the grounding wire and door switch connector plug. Without the door switch connected, the dryer will not run. Lower the top panel back in place and reinstall the two screws.
NOTE: Placing a piece of duct tape over the dryer vent chute will help safeguard against dropping anything down in the blower fan assembly. If you drop any screws down the chute, you will need to remove the dryer back panel to retrieve them. If you have any questions about this repair, or if the model number is different, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Sounds like the drum roller supports are warn out. Unplug the dryer. Remove the two screws on the lower front panel and tilt the bottom of the front panel out and remove the front panel. Mark and remove the wires going to the door switch. Set the front panel aside. Remove the four screws holding the drum shroud and lift up and out. Set to one side leaving the wires attached. Go to the rear of the dryer and remove the small access panel, Remember how the drum belt is attached to the tension spring loaded pulley and motor pulley. Remove the belt from this assembly and go to the front of the dryer and remove the drum. The drum rollers are located on the rear bulk head of the dryer. Check to make sure that they spin ok or if they are warn out. Replace both rollers. Check the glides on the front shroud. These are teflon glides that the main drum ride on. IF warn, replace glides. Reassemble the dryer in the opposite way in which it was disassembled.
I hope this is of some help.
Unplug the dryer. The easiest way to check the belt is remove the plate on the lower rear of the dryer. Look in to see if the belt is attached around the pulley wheel. The only way to change the belt is to remove the screws in the front panel. Open the door. Look up in the door opening and remove these screws. Then you can raise the lid. If the belt needs changing you must remove the 2 screws in the top right and left sides of the front panel.Just inside the front panel.Then disconnect the door switch wires and remove the front panel. Slip the belt over the drum. Then open the lower rear panel to reach in to put the belt around the tension pulley.
Hi Tim, I am not sure what kind of problem with the blue wires you are having? I believe the lower front panel is spring loaded and difficult to remove. Most dryers parts and repairs are done through the back, by removing both the large panel and the top small panel to excess the timer and other controls.I have never had to remove front panels unless it was to repair the door switch. Let me know more if you would like. Shastalaker7
open door you see 2 screws holding hinge a a piece,,remove them now remove the 2 screws opposite them ..just let door stay for now...pull the front panel to you its just on 2 clips...now at each corner of the bottom of the top theres a upside down l shaped clip remove 5/16 inche nut driver...ok left the top...swing it up and back ,,so it will lean back,...remove 4 bulk head screw and the door switch connection..and your there..onthejob