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We are trying to replace the belt to our front loader dryer DLE5977W and are not sure how to take the dryer apart. Do we start from the front or the back.What steps do we need to replace the belt. Thank You.

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If it is a front loading machine:
You would remove the front of the machine, that will expose the drum and belt, remove the drum and belt and that will expose the drum rollers,motor, idler arm pulley.
Before you replace the drum and belt assembly, Check you drum rollers for flat spots, If they have flat spots on them replace them. I would also recommend that you lubricate your drum rollers with a good quality of machine oil such as 3 in One Oil. This will save you later on another disassembly because of noisy drum rollers.Apply the oil at the shaft of the drum rollers.
I hope this helps

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