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.
My belt is broke. Is that all I need to purchase to fix it ? The dryer heats up still and will turn if I turn it by hand.
Answer Hi Richelle. The usual parts that are replaced on your unit are the belt part # 134503600 and the rear drum bearing assy. part # 5303281153. On the back center of the drum is a large steel bearing riding in a greased cup that is mounted on the rear bulkhead. As it wears the front drum inner plastic glide part # 137513300 (You will need 2/ea.) wears out. This is because of wearing in the same time. The belt tension er pulley assy. part # 131863007. If this pulley wears out it will need replaced, but all parts will need proper inspection in order to not order correctly. You remove the front panel to begin repair. Use cell pictures if needed to assist proper reassembly. Thank You.
Kelvinater dryer with top & front off has no pullies visable. How do I get to them for a belt replacement?
Answer Hi D. Correct. You do not have pulleys except the belt tension er part # 5303212849. With the front panel off you need to reach into the lower Center towards the back of the motor. Pull up on the tensioner and with the other hand remove the belt off the tensioner. Then after removing the front inner panel, use the belt slack to lift the drum completely. Pay close attention how the belt ribs are placed. Consider replacing the rear drum bearing assy. part # 5303281153, and the upper drum felt part # 5303937139 and lower drum felt part # 5303281049 so it will get the drum to ride level again.You will need the adhesive part # Y055980 on the lower felt. Super clean the inside & around the motor. Thank You.
DRYER STILL GETS HOT. BUT IT DOESNT TURN. TUMBLER DOES NOT TURN FREELY BY HAND. AND IT MADE A THUMPING NOISE BEFORE IT STOPPED WORKING
Answer Beth, You most likely have a broken drum belt 134503600, based on your post information I would think, thats due to a seized rear drum bearing 5303281153 or worn out drum glide 137513300 or seal assembly(s). You'l need to dismantle the dryer to access the drum and the front tumbler seals and drum glide. Good Luck and Thanks