Dryer would not tumble, broken belt

ApplianceWhirlpool Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Jose From Mattapan, MA

Sep 26, 2009

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First of all, I searched online for a video on how to replace a dryer belt and that was probably the best thing I did. I would definitely recommend you do that.

Here are the instructions for my "really old" Whirlpool dryer.

0. Unplug the dryer from the electrical outlet.

1. Lift the lint-screen cover on the top of the dryer and remove the lint screen.

2. Remove the screws that hold the lint-screen housing to the dryer top.

3. Slide a flat head screw driver between the front panel and the top cover near a corner and pull until the clip pops to release the cover. Repeat this step at the other front corner.

4. Lift the top cover and now you can see the drum and the broken belt.

5. Remove the lower front panel; it can be done by sliding a flat head screw driver at the top corner of the bottom panel. it pops right out.

6. Look on the inside of the top part front panel; on the top corner there is a nut screw that needs to be removed. Repeat at the other corner.

7. At the bottom corners of the upper front panel, loosen the screws at the corner. no need to remove them... just loosen them up.

8. Before removing upper front cover, make sure the wires that connect to the front door are disconnected. Pull them out at the switch...they slide right out.

9. Lift the front panel and pull it towards you...away from the dryer.

10. Put a piece of wood under the drum for support.

11. Take your time to inspect the inside of the dryer and make sure to clean all of the lint and dust that's being building up through the years. I used a vacuum.

12. Locate the original position of the old belt, and slip the new belt in place. Keep the grooved side of the belt down

13. Push the idler pulley toward the motor and loop the doubled-up belt around the idler pulley. Slip belt around motor pulley. (This part is where the video really helped)

14. Now it's just a matter of putting it back together.
Just go in reverse from item 9. don't forget any screws...

15. test run...

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Multi Rib Belt - 92-1/4"

Part Number: PS346995

In Stock