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The idler pulley on an older GE dryer does not tension the belt. The idler pulley is mounted on a spring rod, but the rod's neutral position does not tension the belt. The rod is attached to the bottom of the dryer near the wall. Is the solution to simply bend the rod to a position that would apply tension to the belt? Thanks. ron

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Do not bend the rod you are not threading the belt right I had the same problem with one. Try searching the internet for how to thread the belt on a GE dryer. It has to go around the pullys a different way. Hope this helps.

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