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Belt Re-assembly Help! :) I have fixed the problem, but can't figure out how to get the belt back on my Neptune. Any diagrams out there? My Motor pulley is on the far left and the Idler pulley is closer to the center and below the motor pulley (from looking from the front of the machine). I have taken a picture I am happy to upload or send if that helps. Thanks!

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  • HandySandy Apr 01, 2008

    I appreciate your help. I got it all put back together and it looked quite promising. The squeaky noise was gone, it purred like a kitten. However, a burning smell that wasn't there before I worked my magic is now present. :(

    Sadly, my husband thinks it is time for me to give in and call the repairman.

    Shoot-I was so close! :)

  • HandySandy Apr 01, 2008

    Well the repairman can't come for 2 more days and I am willing to figure this out with your help.

    Tell me more about the motor pulley. I did get the belt around the motor pulley and then pulled in the idler pulley and it has great tension and looks to run just fine, but then the burning starts. If this is an easy fix I would just assume keep my money in my pocket! :)

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If the belt is on the motor shaft rather than on the pulley, you will get a burning smell.

Good luck!

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If you have a really old dryer (not a neptune), and if the idler pulley is about 4-in diameter you have chosen the hardest dryer to replace a belt on. There is a diagram on the bag your new belt came in. The door in the back of the dryer will be helpful. The tricky part about this one is that the fabric side of the belt goes against the basket drum.

A Neptune belt is easier, but can still be tricky.
First, put the drum in position against the back wall; but without the front supporting ring. The rubber side goes aginst the drum. Line up the new belt on the drum according to the marks left by the old belt.
Reach under the drum and match up the belt to its position on the motor pulley. Lift the idler pulley up until you can slide the belt onto it. Gently release the belt and idler pulley. Check to see if it stayed in position.
Carefully replace the support ring and install the four screws holding it in position. Slowly rotate the drum counter-clockwise about two full turns to better align the belt on the drum before restarting the machine.

Good luck!

Posted on Mar 31, 2008

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