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Changing a 3 prong dryer cord to a 4 prong dryer cord??

I have the four prong cord now and am needing to know what to do with the four different wires....I realize the red prolly goes to the red, the white goes to the white, and the black to the black.....however, what do i do with the green wire, there is a green wire already attached to a screw off to the side...Do i just add it there with the other one? Or what?

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  • onlyucindy Nov 06, 2008

    I understood everything as far as where each wire go except I'm looking at the green wire with the plug and the green wire hanging that was originally attached to the middle. There are only 3 areas that I can see looking directly at the back, In order for me to get to the starting point of the green wire I move remove additional back panels. I want to make sure I don't screw up anything. Please explain as though I'm a five year old. thank you

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The information you need is provided in the following link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r793520-3_prong_4_prong_power_cord_conversion

Read through the information carefully and if you need any further assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps.

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