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  • twatty Apr 23, 2008

    trying to place belt guide and spring back into dryer along with belt around tumbler is a simpson maxidry 361

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Hi there, I am a dryer repairman of some six years experience.
I used to have this problem also, at the beginning of my work!
Firstly, put the "belt guide" in its correct postion, that is with the 2 metal prongs fitted into the 2 slots on the mounting plate below the motor. If it doesnt stay in place, remove and bend the 2 metal prongs outwards slightly. (belt guide = idler pulley assembly)
Secondly, feed the belt in, through the middle of the metal idler pulley arm, and loop it over the bottom pulley of the motor. Next, pull the belt out to the side, to check that its properly located on the pulley. You can pull the belt to the side with one hand, while feeling with the other, if the belt is neatly on the pulley.
Thirdly, while keeping a little tension always on the belt, slip it over the drum while keeping the idler pulley on the outside (RH side ) of the belt. Now reposition the belt on the idler pulley. While doing this, you are always keeping a little tension on the belt, by pulling out to the side, taking up the slack with left hand. Always keep a little tension on the belt, until spring is in place. Next, you push the belt down into its normal running position on the drum, this can be just approximate for now.
Fourthly, you fit the tensioning spring, between the idler pulley arm, and the hole in the seam of the dryer case. (or if there is a belt-break switch, you put it around that) This is a bit tricky, as you need a strong right hand to stretch the spring. Can use pliers to help, but sometimes makes it harder!
Lastly, after you have done all this and finished, must check that all is firmly in place before closing up the dryer. Rotate the motor pulley by hand, carefully, to see if the belt is running smoothly, not twisted or misaligned. Correct as needed. If there is a loud TWANG, then the idler pulley has come out of its seat, and you begin again from step one, being more careful, checking as you go.

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