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I have a kenmore dryer. The belt broke and the spring roller came off. I purchased a new belt and can't figure out where to put the roller. model # 86870100 Serial# mbo910422. Please help. Thank you Phil

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  • contact1 Jan 31, 2010

    Hi, The drum rollers are ok. The problem is how to install the belt from the idler pulley to the motor shaft

  • contact1 Jan 31, 2010

    Rylee, thank you very much for tour help. I'm sorry for not explaining my problem more clearly.

    The idler pulley came off and broke the belt.I don't know where to place the idler pulley,left or right of the motor pulley and how does the belt go around the motor pulley. Have patience with me, Phil

  • contact1 Jan 31, 2010

    BIGGGGGGG help. Thanks a bunch. Phil



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Thanks for using FixYa. The idler pulley just clips into the bottom of the dryer and keeps tension on the drum belt. The drum rollers have clips that must be removed from the shafts before trying to replace them. If one wheel is worn out, replace them both less problems later on. See "how to take apart" to access the rollers, once the belt is disconnected from the idler pulley and motor pulley, lift out the drum. The roller on the left has a bracket and 2 clips to remove before the roller can be replaced. The right roller has just 1 clip that must be removed to replace the roller. Use a cloth or fine sand cloth to clean up the shafts, use light oil before installing the new rollers. DO NOT use heavy grease as this will attract dust and become very dirty and gum up the rollers. Check the belt will you are there and clean out any dust from motor and from the drum base.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


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    Rylee Smith Jan 31, 2010

    OK but
    initially you just asked where to put the roller. However, please follow this
    step-by-step procedure---

    the Front Support Rollers and Shafts

    1. Remove
    the front panel.

    2. Reach
    underneath drum and behind motor to locate idler pulley. Push idler pulley to

    left to
    release drum belt tension. Remove the belt from the motor pulley.

    3. Remove
    the drum and belt from the cabinet.

    Prepare for replacing the dryer belt by lifting the lint-screen cover on the
    top of the dryer. Then remove the lint screen. Skip this step if your lint
    screen is inside the door. Remove the 2 Phillips screws inside the door

    2-- After
    removing the lint screen, lift the cover and remove the screws that hold the
    lint-screen housing to the dryer top.

    3-- Slide
    a putty knife between the front panel and the top near a corner. Lift the corner
    and repeat on the other side.

    4-- To
    remove the lower panel, insert the putty knife between the panel and each side.
    Then twist to release clip.

    5-- Place a few wood blocks under the drum.
    These support the drum when the front panel is moved away from the sides.

    Loosen the screws that secure the bottom of the front panel to the dryer sides.
    Do not completely remove the screws.

    Remove the screws that secure the front panel to the dryer sides at the top.
    These are accessed from the inside of the cabinet.

    8-- Lean
    the front panel away from the sides and slip the new dryer belt over the drum.
    Then re-secure the front panel.

    9-- Check
    that the lip on the back of the dryer drum fits properly against the seal on
    the rear bulkhead of the dryer.

    Locate the original position of the old belt, and slip the new belt in place.
    Keep the grooved side of the belt down.

    11-- Push
    the idler pulley toward the motor and loop the doubled-up belt around the idler
    pulley. Slip belt around motor pulley.

    Rotate the drum counterclockwise a few turns to check belt tracking. Then
    replace remaining components and test run.

    do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further



  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jan 31, 2010

    As advised earlier the idler pulley just clips into the bottom of the dryer, also please check the procedure on how to replace the belt and you can also check how to take it apart from here. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.




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