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I need to switch from the generic 3 prong cord to a 4 prong cord. The problem is on the back of the maytag model SDE3606AYW dryer, there arent any colors or anything saying what is hot / cold / or nuetral. please help.

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Electric Dryer How To Hook Up Cord pixel_trans.gifFor Three Prong Cords
the Center cord wire goes on the center terminal,
the left on the left ,
and the right on the right.

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