Dryer belt broke from over 30 years of wear in a maytag
Keith K. • Phoenix, AZ • October 18, 2014
Appliance: Maytag Dryer-Ele LDE412
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I watched your initial video which gave me some insight into the repair. I removed power from the dryer and positioned it for maintenance. Since my dryer was a Maytag, I needed to remove to two front bottom Phillips screws from the front panel of the dryer prior to pulling the panel and door assy. from the unit. The top of the dryer now needs to be removed. Two screws, one on each side holds the top of the dryer in place accessible from within and under the top of the dryer. Once those two screws are removed, slide the top backwards slightly to detach the top and then swing the top away from the dryer to gain access to the tumbler. After the assy. was detached, I removed the four screws holding the tumbler support and heat duct from the machine. You will need to support the tumbler while doing this. The tumbler can now be removed from the machine. In my case the belt was broken so I did not need to slip the old belt off of the tumbler. Once the tumbler is removed, I took the opportunity to remove and grease the roller wheels that the tumbler rides on.
To assemble, install the belt flat face against the tumbler and insert tumbler into machine and line up with roller wheels. Once the tumbler is roughed in, re-install the tumbler front support and heat duct to hold the tumbler in place. My machine had an access cover in the rear of the dryer which need to be removed for access to the belt drive and motor. Once access is obtained, follow the manufacturer directions for belt install on the motor and belt tensioner. Re-install the top of the machine and front door assembly.
Power up and test. Once working and you see the belt running correctly, re-install the rear access cover.