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Roper Dryer won't spin.

I was doing laundry and took a load out the dryer. I spun it around with my hand to make sure there weren't any socks left behind and I heard a loud clicking noise. It was hard to spin and after the clicking it was quite easy to spin. I broke something off of the drum that held the belt in place. Everything else is fine it just won't spin. So I was wondering if the part that holds the belt is replaceable or should I get a new dryer? Also the part I broke off is at the bottom of the dryer under the drum. I cannot get to it.

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From what I understand, it sounds like the idler "pulley" is broken. Upon receiving power to the motor, the belt inter-connects and ultimately drives and rotates the pulley and drum. The pulley is designed to guide and give "tension" to the belt when connected to enable the drum to "rotate and tumble".

The pulley is relatively simple to replace and can be purchased from your local appliance dealer for about $10 - $15. Depending on your "handy" skills, I would take the following steps to check your belt and pulley;

1. Disconnect the Dryer
2. Access the dryer cabinet/pulley by removing the front door (If your pull and clean fileter from top, remove 2 screws near filter. You may need a putty type knife to "slide and pop" the dryer open)

3. You may see the dryer belt already broken or disconnected, but take a look at the pulley and check for broken wheel, metal, chips/cracks, etc. Sometimes you may need to replace the pulley all together, but you may only need to replace the wheel part depending on the model of your dryer.

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