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I tryed fixing my kenmore dryer but the belt is loose and i found what looks like a half moon type of pully

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If you are talking about the idler pulley, which isn't a pulley at all, it is highly recommended that you replace it with a standard idler pulley. This was orginally designed as an attempt to save money by the manufacturer, but turned out to cause premature belt wear in many cases. A replacement idler assembly (part number 691366) is a better option. As far as reinstalling the dryer belt, you can find diagrams at repairclinic.com under the "Special Features" section under "Repair Help". There is a link for "Dryer Belt Diagrams". Your dryer is manufactured by Whirlpool. Your diagram will be either "H" or "K" depending on how the dryer is constructed. If your dryer has a removeable back panel, use "H". If dryer does not have a removeable back panel, use "K". HINT: Most dryers with removeable backs have the lint screen on the top of the dryer. If you need additional assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 23, 2008

    PS The replacement idler pulley can be found at searspartsdirect.com if you wish to order on line. Just type in the part number I provided. Just make sure you pay attention to the item description. That parts costs about $13. If you do not wish to order on line the website also provides a service where you can perform a search by local stores based on your zip code.

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