dryer idler/belt replacement

Old 04-22-04, 05:47 AM
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Question dryer idler/belt replacement

I am attempting to replace the drive belt on my Kenmore 70 series gas dryer. When we pulled the front of the dryer off the idler and spring were laying on their side, not in their original position. We have removed the old belt and can't figure out what position to put the idler/pulley back on. Does anyone have a picture, or suggestions? Thanks!!
Old 04-22-04, 06:21 AM
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Hello J.B.Connery. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

The idler pulley is spring loaded and usually has an extension arm. That arm is held in tension by the blower motor and the spring. Pull the arm to it's tensioning position and than place the belt on or around the pulley so the tension remains.

Be sure the belt is in the proper place on the drum. Place the belt ontop of the existing marks on the drum first, over and or around the drive pulley on the motor and than lastly on the tensioning arm.

Check the belt also. Some are two sided. Meaning both sides are not exactly the same. One side is designed to fit the pulleys while the other side is not.

Also look behind the top control panel cover. Remove it. Behind it may be a diagram displaying how the belt loops over and around each pulley.

If the existing belt is worn, replace it. The local appliance parts store has them. They also have the diagrams. Dealers are listed in the phone book.

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Gas Dryer Repair: http://www.sears.com
Appliance Parts Search: http://www3.sears.com/

Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

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It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection and or repairs.

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