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    • Part Number: AP3873695
    • MFG Part Number: 8547157
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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My dryer stopped in the middle of a load. It still gets power, but just won't turn. The grid says "sensing". I've taken the back off and there is a very thin belt that looks broken and frayed. Is part # AP3873695 the correct belt to order? Is the exchange/replacement a job simple enough for me to handle? If so, how do I do it?

Forrest for Model Number whirlpool cabrio wed7300xwo

ANSWER Forrest, 8547157 is the correct belt for the model number you supplied. Here's the repair info you asked for: " 1. Unplug dryer or disconnect power. 2. Turn off gas supply to dryer. 3. Raise the lint screen lid and remove the two screws from the top of the lint screen air duct.4. Partially open the dryer door. 5. To remove the cabinet front: a) While lifting the front corners of the cabinet top, press a putty knife against the left and right top locks and release them from the top. Rotate the cabinet top up and rest it against a wall. b) disconnect the door switch connector from the harness connector. c) Remove the two 5/16? hex-head screws from the cabinet front. d) Lift the front panel off the cabinet, unhook it from the bottom two hangers, and remove it. 4. Reach under the drum to the drive motor and push the idler wheel arm to relieve the spring tension on the belt, then slide the belt off the idler and motor pulleys. 5. Loosen the two top and remove the two bottom 5/16? hex-head screws from the front bulkhead. 6. Lift and unhook the two top bulkhead keyhole slots from the screws, and remove the bulkhead from the dryer. 7. To remove the belt and drum: a) Slide the belt off the back of the drum and remove it. b) Pull the drum out the front of the cabinet and remove it. REASSEMBLY NOTE: When you reinstall the drum and belt, make sure that the hole in the drum is toward the rear of the unit, and that both the front and rear drum felt seals are flared out and not folded under the edges of the drum." Check and insure the belt switch and wiring were not damaged by the belt, and reverse the procedure. Thanks and Good Luck 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Monday, January 02, 2012

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