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Maytag Electric Dryer - replace belt

I installed a new belt on a Maytag Electric Dryer. Everything seemed to work as described in the "fix it yourself" manual. However, the path of the belt doesn't seem right. The belt goes around the drum then around the motor spindle then over the idler pulley and then rests on a 1" wide metal bar. The bar provides tension on the belt.

I just bought the dryer two months ago and the belt already broke. I think the belt broke becuase of the metal piece it rubs on. See photo below.

I can't see an alternate path for the belt. Any tips would be appreciated.

Keith Mast

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  • keithmast Jan 03, 2008

    If I move the belt above the metal, there seems to be too much slack in the belt. However, I did not turn the dryer on with the belt on top. Perhaps it will tighten when the motor is "on" and the drum is turning?



    Thanks.



    Keith



    PS I bought the dryer "used." It is probably several years old.

  • keithmast Jan 03, 2008

    In the end, Oceti was right. I re-routed the belt above and everything seems to work fine.

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    belt installation diagram

  • LILOSAGE Mar 15, 2009

    iI replaced a broken belt, it turned the drum and then stopped working, it runs its just not turning the drum now

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The belt needs to be above the metal. Otherwise the repair looks good. Easy fix. Thanks for the pic.
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