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I have disassembled my Whirlpool dryer and discovered the belt had come off. There was a part the is not secured fully to the dryer that has a wheel that appears to run against the belt, yet this piece was lying on it's side out of place. I can't find any pictures of which direction to put the part and how the belt connects or touches it.

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There are 2 slots in base just under motor pulley the bracket fit into the the bracket will curve to left when installed belt around drum grooved side down..double belt at bottom and push through opening in bracket and around motor pulley roller on bracket will ride on top side of belt keeping tension on it

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2... (1-888-895-1535)

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