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Maytag MDG3000AWW drum moving slowly

Maytag Neptune MDG3000AWW

drum moves very slowly when on = clothes not drying

1) I tried removing some of the clothes thinking maybe the load was too heavy; did not solve
2) I opened up the exhaust hole in the back to see the motor wheels spinning, but the belt not "catching"...

Do I need to replace the belt? Or is the drum gummed up somehow and not spinning freely enough? How can I tell?

Thanks
JK

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  • jkrump Feb 02, 2008

    I took the belt off to see if the drum would spin freely...it was very tough to spin it. So I disassembled everything to check for problems. I ended up lubricating the two wheels that the drum sets on and when I reassembled everything, the belt was very loose and has way too much slack in it. I weaved it around the motor pulley and the tenioner pulley but it's still too slack...what the heck?



    Once I get the belt back on I can test the dryer again.

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If the belt looks worn you should replace it. But it sounds like the idler pulley has gone out of position or possibly broken. The idler pulley adds tension to the belt and keeps it from spinning on the drum surface. Check the path of the belt on the bottom of the dryer. That is where the idler pulley is.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

  • peter phillips Feb 02, 2008

    If the idler puller (tensioner pulley) is correctly positioned, and the belt path is correct, perhaps the belt is stretched and needs to be replaced. Check to see whether the drum is properly positioned in both the front and back panels of the dryer. If the drum is hard to turn, it may be improperly postioned, which could cause the belt to slip even if belt is good and path is correct.

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