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Idler pulley arm

Ge dryer model dde7100md. How do I get tension on the idler pulley arm? Drum belt was broken, I replaced the belt but there is no tension on the idler arm. thank you...

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There is a certain way that the belt is supposed to loop around the tensioner and motor. this picture might help.idler pulley arm - b00f604.jpg

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Move the arm one way or the other and you will notice the belt tension getting looser. Push the arm further that way until you can get the belt off the pulley an motor. Use caution as the spring arm has torque on it and could snap back.

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Remove the lint filter screws and filter.
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