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The drum has stopped turning in the dryer. How

The drum has stopped turning in the dryer. How can I fix this.

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That's not much info! if you hear the motor running, and the drum doesn't turn- then your belt is off of the drum, or broken or the tensioner spring is broken or loose, or the tensioner pulley is frozen. if you don't hear any unusual noises, probably your belt. if possible on your model, pry the bottom panel off the front(bottom)-UNPLUG THE DRYER!! get a flashlight and see if the belt is on the dryer and looped through the tension pulley- usually on the right of the drum, attached to the bottom of the dryer- it'll have a spring.
if the belt is broken, you may need a repair-person to replace it! the front of the dryer will need to be removed to replace the belt! on older dryers, the front of the drum ( where the door is) revolves in a felt gasket)- you need to place the new belt around the drum, replace the front part, with the door ( might lube the felt gasket with a little 3 in 1 oil (lightly), then from the bottom opening, move the tension pulley so it stretches the spring, until you can put the belt back on it, so it keeps the belt tight on the drum - might carefully apply a couple drops 3 in 1 oil on the pulley shaft- not the pulley!! the belt will slip! adjust the belt on the drum so it's aligned with the tension pulley!
plug it back in and try it out- if all is well- replace the bottom section and you're back in drying mode again!
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Take the back of dryer off and check the belt. If the belt is broken needs to be replaced. If the belt is fine and the motor is turning then it is the baring on the drum.

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Well with no other information i would have to say its A belt
a very easy reapir

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This dryer has drum support rollers. There will always be two supporting the rear of the drum, and on some models there may be two supporting the front of the drum. The rollers must spin freely to work properly. If the roller axles are worn out the rollers may not spin freely which can overload the motor and the dryer stops. If the dryer stops mid-cycle, remove the belt and spin the drum, it should spin freely. If not, check the rollers and roller shafts.


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This dryer has drum support rollers. There will always be two supporting the rear of the drum, and on some models there may be two supporting the front of the drum. The rollers must spin freely to work properly. If they are worn out or start binding the motor can get overloaded and the dryer stops. If the dryer stops mid-cycle, check to be sure the drum turns freely with the belt removed. If not, check the rollers. Do not lubricate the rollers or roller shaft, lubrication will attract lint and cause the roller bearings to wear out faster. If the rollers don't turn freely, replace them. The roller shaft can often be reused, unless it has worn down. Clean the shaft thoroughly before installing the new rollers.


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