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Heelp I am trying to change my 3 prong cord to a 4 prong cord on my dryer and I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO CONNECTT THE WIRES TO THE TERMINAL BLOCK WHAT GOES WHERE

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  • mverysmart Mar 03, 2008

    Ok i broke the wall on the terminal block. the piece between the red and white cord. But I made sure to seperate them before plugging them in and it worked, but when i went to unplug the dryer to put the door back on it popped and fizzled and now it wont work I believe the ground wire and the screw that holds on the terminal block touched. What in the hell do I do now or am I just screwed.

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Black to black red to red white to the center green to the ground with ather green wire

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  • craig carter Mar 04, 2008

    you can order a new block for the dryer at sears.com or any local appliance store should have one and also make sure you rurn off the breakers and back on sometimes short like that will pop the breaker good luck

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