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Dryer cord access

I just got a used Kelvinator clothes dryer from a friend. It has a 3-prong cord which I have already removed with no problem. However I can't seem to get the access I need to get the 4-prong cord hooked up. Unless I can somehow take the back panel of the dryer off to get my hands behind the wiring to apply the screws and nuts correctly, I don't see how I can complete this task. I know where to connect the wires, just can't physically find a way to do it. Please help!!!

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Not sure why you wouldbe able to remove the one cord and having an issue connecting the other.
perhaps the old cord had like a y(open end) connectoin point and the new cord has eyelets(closed end)??? if thats the case and the y connectoin was behind hte terminal block( or sandwiched between) by removing the terminal block screw you can mount hte new infront of block, secured by main screw.

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and the right on the right.

Note: There should be a ground strap or wire that runs from the center terminal to the dryer case


wrightly_3.jpgHere is an example of a 3 prong cord for a whirlpool dryer. If your terminal block has 5 screws, you still do it the same way as stated above. these wires are not colored. You should have a strap in the middle that is connected with the middle wire. Sometimes there is a wire attached there instead of a strap.


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the White cord wire goes in the center,
the Red on the Right,
the Black on the Left.
The green cord wire goes to the case or the external ground screw.

Here's an picture to use as an example;


wrightly_4.jpgJust be sure to use the strain relief at the opening where the power cord first enters the dryer. It will help secure these connections against being pulled loose or cut on the cabinet, and that could pose a risk of you coming close friends with 240 volts. Not a friend I want to have.


I hope this is helpful,
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