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Electric dryer cord switch from 3 to four prongs when the wires aren't colored?

Trying to change from 3 to four but the original cord does not have it's wires colored so I'm not sure which is which?

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I wouldn't worry about that, make sure you can fully see the terminal block where the wires install. Left to right usually is black, white and red. Make sure green is on ground at the case and if there is a white wire there already, just add the green to it. The cord also on a 4 wire is coded so just line up the colors.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

  • John Robbins
    John Robbins Sep 20, 2008

    Prongs down looking at the cord center is white and left is red and right is black, but now you have a ground and a good 4 prong cord is round and each wire is colored. Email if you get stuck.

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