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I am relacing a four prong power cord on a Whirlpool dryer with a three prong cord because of the outlet of the house. My problem is I don't know which splice in the cord to place on the in the back of the dryer. I identified whic one red, back, white & gree. However the new coord all three ends are the same color, even the ends that get attached are a copper color. There is some writting on the cord but it doesn't identify what wire it. My e-mail address budo_202@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance

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If the wires are not different colors their should be an identifiable neutral wire that one should go on the middle. then the other two on the outer sides.

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575913-installing_a_220_vac_appliance_cord

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Your issue is as follows;
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