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I am trying to replace the drive belt on my Kenmore front load washer, model 41747102700. The old belt just fell off and was laying on the floor of the washer. In attempting to replace it it seems as if I would have to stretch it 3 to 4 inches to reach the motor. Any help would be appreciated.

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The belts on front load washers are very tight. The trick to putting them on is starting the motor side first. Wrap your belt around the motor shaft then while keeping your fingers there to hold it in place, use your other hand to start pushing the belt on the larger pulley while you turn it. The belt is going to try and work back off the motor pulley while you are turning the large pulley which is why you have to keep your fingers down there to hold it on. The new belt will have several grooves on it. Make sure these grooves are all meshed in the motor pulley grooves.

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