You told someone that if their belt was broken, they needed to replace the idler bar too. Is that always the case, is it required? If so, what is that part number? My belt definitely broke, (already pulled it off and is snapped in one spot), so I really don't know how to get it back on, as it came off easily without any dis-assembly other than opening the panel and pulling it out. Is there anywhere to get instructions on installing the replacement belt, and idler arm if that part is also necessary?
ANSWER Hello Rachael,
Basically, the belt is just used to transfer motion from the motor to the drum. The only thing that causes wear on the belt is when the drum opposes motion. This in turn causes the belt to slip, wearing the belt. If enough opposition exists, the belt will break. If you just replace the belt, the belt will break again, because you treated the symptom and not the cause.
Most of the time, either the idler, drum rollers, glides, drum bearings, or another mechanical part is the cause of the belts' failure. Post your model number and we will guide you through the repair.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, July 10, 2012