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How do I get to the belt to change it?The motor is fine but it will not turn

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You have to remove, or at least loosen the front of the dryer to replace the belt. It's best if you have someone to help you with this, since the front of the dryer rests on friction pads located on the front of the dryer.

Remove the back panel to get access to the motor, tensioner, and the old belt (which has probably fallen into the bottom of the dryer). Loosen or remove the front (if you decide to remove, be sure to mark wires so you'll know EXACTLY where they go when you re-assemble and remove any grommets or retainers that may be holding the wiring harness).

My advice is to loosen it and get someone to hold the front up while you slide the belt over the drum. To do this, you have to also lift the top, which is held in place by two spring-loaded clips which you press in with a strong (and not sharp) knife or a thin-blade screwdriver. Raise the top, being sure that you don't put any strain on wires pulled through the back control panel.

Put the belt in place over the drum, reassemble the front, then lower the top (don't snap back in place yet. From the back, place the belt over the motor pulley and center the belt on the drum so that it aligns with the motor pully. Pull the spring-loaded tension arm back so the pulley rests on the OUTSIDE of the belt. Turn the drum to be sure there are no twists in the belt and that it turns freely. Also check the idler pulley to be sure it's not turning freely.

Snap the top back in place and you're done. Good luck. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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