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My dryer has a three prong cord and the house i live in has a 4-prong connection. I purchased a 4 prong cord at Lowe's. I know the black and red are hot- no problem there . The ground wire (green) is connected to a blue wire. I need to attach the white (neutral wire). If I connect the white in the middle the corresponding wire in the dryer will be the green/blue combo.

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The only difference is that the 4 prong wire has a ground wire,on the block the white wire should be in the middle,the red wire on one side and the black on the opposite side and the green connects to the frame,so yes the white wire will connect to the blue/green combo....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7kgMn5Frt8&feature=related check out this video,it has the blue/green wire you're talking about.hope this helps.

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Unplug the dryer then remove the terminal block cover and disconnect the 3-prong cord from the dryer. Note that the cord has red , black, and white wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can switch places. There's also a ground strap wire also connected to the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire.

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