Please help me with installing my new belt!
ANSWER Hello Joe,
Start by unplugging the unit. Next, open the door and look along the upper edge of the door jam. There are two Phillips head screws that thread straight up into the main top. This allows you to raise the top but don't raise the top too far. The top has to be raised slightly and shifted to one side to remove it from the bottom of the control panel. Now there are two screws, (one on each side), that you can see if you look down into each side of the front. They thread straight back toward you. When these are removed, you can lift and pull forward on the front panel and remove it. Be aware that the door switch and light wiring will remain attached and the main front assembly can be pivoted around and stood by the unit to prevent having to remove and rewire the front. Now, you can reach inside the unit to remove the old belt. Note you can feel what you're doing, but you cannot see what you're doing at all. I tell you this so you can feel inside there and see, (with your hands), how the old bet is installed.
To remove the old belt, you will need to grasp the idler arm and pull against the spring tension to gain enough slack in the belt to flip the belt off of the drive motor pulley. This is the same method you will use to install the new belt. After you hang the new belt over the drum, work it back to the area the old belt was. Now one thing you really need to know, if the belt is twisted, it will not dry correctly. Twisting of the belt makes it effectively shorter and the clothes won't tumble but will spin around in the drum. now grasp the idler pulley and pull it up to the installed position and past it if you can. This gives you enough slack to loop the belt over the motor pulley and hook it onto the idler pulley. once you release the pressure onto the belt, reach up to the drum and follow the belt down to the pulley to make sure it isn't twisted. Reassemble the rest in reverse order.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Friday, July 13, 2012