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Belt came off try to replace but to big

The dryer wasnt turning I opened up and saw the belt was off. Slid the belt back into place but have at least an inch of play.
Ordered a new belt which came and is the exact same size and when installed has the same problem. Can I get a diagram that shows the belt configuration.

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You may have a tension pulley on it which you will have to run the belt through to make it tight. This is primarily for making it easier to put on. Also check the motor bracket that turns the belt and see that it is still in place and not loose. This can happen over time with all the vibration that occurs. Let me know how this turns out.

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