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I have an older (gold in color, in case this helps determine age) the belt has broken and from the looks of it, I would say it is the original. Could anybody give me advice or a resource with a diagram that would show how best to put a new belt on. What to take apart? Go through the back or the front to get the belt on? Help!

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It is usually sufficient to remove the back plate. It's usually just a small handfull of screws. Then you should be able to reach the belt. You may loosen the motor a bit if it's a very tight fit to get the belt on, and then tighten it back once you get the belt on. Not very different from changing the fan-belt on a car if you have tried that.

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