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My mother in law has a kenmore dryer that is 15 - 20 years old. It will start but the dru will not turn she says it does not have a broken belt

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Verification of the belt in place would first need to be done, then check to see if the motor is running.

The belt could have jumped off

if the belt was replaced recently, It might not have been the right belt.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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