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How do I connect a new power cable to my dryer, the new cable has four colored wires to connect the terminals on the dryer

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The following link explains how to properly install a power cord to your dryer:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r793520-3_prong_4_prong_power_cord_conversion

Just follow the color code instructions for a 4-prong configuration. Make sure you DO NOT ground the neutral (WHITE) and ground (GREEN) wires together. In a 4-wire configuration these wires are to remain independent of each other.

If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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