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I have a whirlpool dryer and the belt broke so I got a new one, it appears to be to long, but i checked it against the lenght of the old one and they are the same. How do you get the extra slack out of the belt so it is tight against the drum? Thanks, Mike

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The belt must be routed through the belt tensioner. That would account for the extra "slack" in the belt. Be sure you have installed it correctly and double check to make sure the belt isn't twisted when you install it.

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