Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
This happened a few months back. I bought a belt from the local Maytag repair shop. From the gitgo it only worked sporadically, making me think it was the wrong size. This time I went to PartSelect, which I should have done the first time! Belt came with good instructions, except the belt looping diagram is showing it from BEHIND! Once, a long time ago, I tried removing the rear panel and doing it that way, but the hole is too small to get both hands into it and still be able to see what you are doing! I've seen videos of 'real' service techs doing it from front, and that's how I do it, too. It isn't 'EASY' but it's doable. MAKE SURE the power is turned off or unplug it! With the drum in it's proper position, and the belt looped over the drum, find the belt where it comes down over the left side of the drum. Feed it through the belt guide onto the large pulley. It is spring mounted, so as you push the pulley to your left, it will provide enough (ALMOST) slack to then run the belt over the motor pulley. The grooves on the belt MUST be facing the motor pulley, with the grooves lining up with the grooves ON the motor pulley. Also, make sure the smooth side of the belt is against the drum! Once the belt is in place, manually turn the drum a few rotations, checking to make sure the smooth side of the belt is against the drum. If not, you can flip the belt over on the drum by hand, and continue to turn the drum until it has flipped and corrected itself all around the path. It helps to keep the belt diagram (supplied) handy and use it as a mirror image to see how everything goes. Altogether it takes maybe 5-10 minutes to actually INSTALL the belt, but you may have to restart the process a few times. After doing this about 6 times, on several Maytag units, I seem to be getting pretty good at it! I suspect that I put the last belt on backwards! It would not start with a full load of wet clothes. Plus, it was very noisy. While I had it open I checked the roller wheels and put a couple drops of oil on their bearing hubs, and replaced the lint filter, too. The wheels spin freely and the dryer is VERY quiet, drying clothes quickly. It's an easy fix, saving you around $75 for a service call. If you can find a helper, that's good, too.