Checked belt, looks ok, just slipped off the pulley
I put the belt back around the pulley, does that mean it has stretched out and still needs to be replaced? And, most frustrating I can't put the door back on, what am I doing wrong? I studied it. Can you give me a step by step from the clamps to the springs and the order of things. Model is LG5801XS
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Re: Checked belt, looks ok, just slipped off the pulley
Well you yank out the filter first.Remove the 2 screws in the filter
housing on top.Then use a putty knife to pop the top. Remove the screws
holding the front panel on. VERY IMPORTANT! Raise the front up an inch
before pulling forward or the panel clips will break! Some models have
a panel on bottom. If they do then this panel must come off first. Then
you remove the door springs and back off the screws holding down the
bottom of the door panel. Then pop the top and remove the screws on top
to get the panel out of your way.
Use THIS to configure belt routing
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If you can't push the tensioner pulley back far enough to allow the belt to go around it, disconnect the tensioner spring, route the belt, then reconnect the spring. If it's a question of having adequate strength to push against the spring and still have a hand free to route the belt, find something to jam against the tensioner to hold a bit of slack in the pulley. Make sure the jamming tool (large screwdriver, block of wood, etc.) is sturdy enough to hold securely, and well-braced. An ill-timed slip could cause severe hand injury.
If your dryer does not have a belt tensioner mechanism, the motor bracket probably has belt adjustment slots in it. In that case, loosen (but do not remove) the motor mounting bolts that go through the slots, push the motor over a bit to give you the slack you need,route the belt, then pull the motor back to tighten the belt and retighten the motor bolts. Sometimes a tight belt can be rolled onto the pulley by starting it on one side of the pulley and turning the pulley by hand while pushing the belt along in the direction of the turn, but it is better to mount the belt with slack in it; excess stretching causes premature failure.
There is a tool available, but it is not worth the expense of buying it for a one off repair.
Best way to do it is to geta long piece of steel rod, or a long screwdriver, and place it behind the belt, lever the belt down and over the motor pulley, it is difficult, so persist with it and you should get the belt on.
If you can slacken the front securing screw holding the motor, down this will give you a bit more leeway to fit the belt.
Again it is difficult, but I have done it this way on every occasion I have fitted a new belt.
Hello- A little odd. It sounds to me like the belt is slipping. Sometimes they get stretched out enough that there is not enough pressure on the idler pulley for it to make good contact with the motor pulley. The Idler pulley may be broken as well or the belt has slipped off of it. Another possibility is that the belt has slipped off the motor pulley and is not being driven by the motor. You, or someone, really need to open it and see how the components look when it is on, if possible.
Its probably NOT the sensor causing the problem. Have you checked the fan belt, that its not broken, come off the pulley or stretched? Put your hand over the airvent outlet at the back after it has been running a few minutes, if there is a lot of hot air coming out, then belt is ok. If not, replace the fanbelt with a new one, and problem will be solved. The sensor pops out because of overheating - usually because either the fan belt is broken or stretched, or the lint filter is blocked. Hope this helps!
Most dryers have a tensioner pulley that the belt needs to go around to keep it tight. The belt goes around the motor pulley and the drum, but it goes around the tensioner pulley in a way that would keep it tight (you also need to release the tension on the tensioner to get the belt around it) If there's not a tensioner pulley there has to be some other means of putting tension on that belt, look around the the other pulleys that the belt goes around.
put it around drum,then around motor pulley, then idler pulley with spring attached to, move it forward and slip belt onto idler pulley and release and belt should become tight,then self align belt by manually turning drum before putting unit together