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Roper dryer the roper dryer i have makes a thumping noise when it is running. I have narrowed the sound down to a belt issue, however i can not figure out how to access the area where the belts are located.

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Hi Stefan71, The lid or top part of the dry is just snapped together with clips. All you do is pry up on the lid like a hood on a car. it will pop free and tadah, theres your belt. You do need to look at the rollers for something on them, The thump is more than likely coming from the rollers . Hope this helps

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