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I have a Leonard 508 clothes dryer and I am replacing the main belt for the drum. The tensioning wheel/bracket together with spring has also come off. Do you have a diagram of how it is to be reattached in the dryer with the new belt? I am not sure of the exact configuration.

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    Craig Butler May 11, 2010

    hope this is helpful

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    Craig Butler May 11, 2010

    hope this helps.....

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Hope this helps...I have a Leonard 508 clothes dryer and I am - a3eafb2.jpg

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