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Idler Pulley

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PartSelect Number PS334244
Manufacturer Part Number 279640
Manufactured by Whirlpool

The idler pulley with tri-ring and gasket, also known as a dryer belt tension pulley wheel, is used in dryers. This part maintains the right amount of tension for the belt to rotate the drum. This effectively spins the drum. If your dryer is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is best to replace this part: not rotating, does not start, making squealing noises when it is in use, or it does not tumble properly. For this repair project, the tools needed are a Phillips screwdriver, 1/4 inch nut driver, putty knife, small flat blade screw driver, and needle nose pliers. Refer to the manual provided by the manufacturer for installation instructions.

This part works with the following brands: Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Crosley, Inglis, Admiral, Amana.

This part works with the following products: Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Noisy.
  • Will not tumble.
  • Will Not Start.

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Replacing the idler pulley bc of excessive squealing. Does this repair need lubricant? It looks like on my old one there was lubricant but just wanted to make sure before I put it on

Nic
Answer:

Hi Nic, you can only use a dry lubricant in dryers, examples of this would be baby powder, or corn starch. However, for this repair you do not necessarily need lubricant, as they are normally assembled dry. Best of luck with this repair.

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Question:

Replacing my idler pulley and I feel like it might be too small. The other one comes off and on easily however this one is giving me a lot of trouble. I hate to say I might’ve got the wrong one, but when I went in store they said it is the correct one for my model. So do you have any tips to make this installation easier

Wes
Answer:

Hello Wes, we recommend replacing the idler pulley and the idler bracket together as one assembly. You can order the kit here W10837240. I hope this helps.

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Question:

I confirmed that this is the idler pulley for my make and model dryer before buying it. But when it arrived its thinner and a little bigger around- is it safe to use???

Julian
Answer:

Hello Julian, this idler pulley was recently redesigned by the manufacturer, which is why it looks different. However, it will still work for your model. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

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76 of 91 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: eric from Boulder, CO

Belt wheel was broken at axle. Terrible noise.

Removed the top and back of dryer with screw socket. It was quite easy. Then, I removed the broken wheel by releasing the tension spring. I replaced the wheel. The toughest part was re-threading the belt. But, even that was simple. The dryer runs smoothly and quietly again!

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
Customer: GREGORY from Wilsonville, OR

Very loud squeaking noise

1) Disconnected power cord from wall. 2) Disconnected vent hose from back of dryer. 3)Removed dryer rear panel. 4)Disengaged tension spring on idle wheel arm. 5) Removed worn idle wheel. 6)Installed new Idler wheel assembly. 7) Vacuumed dust from rear of dryer (optional, recommended). 8) Reinstalled rear cover, vent hose and power cord. Easy repair 15-30

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Robert from Princeton, WV

Tob stopped turning after a week or so of high pitched "squeals" coming from inside the dryer.

I recommend you order the idler pulley as soon as you start to hear the unusual noise indicating metal against metal. Replace the idler pulley before it fails and possibly causes more damage to the drive system. Simply removed the power cord at the back of the dryer and then the multiple screws holding the back panel in place as well as the clip holding the exhaust vent in place. You may need to remove the top panel to access a few of these screws. A diagram of the belt routing is in the paperwork I found behind the front lower panel of the dryer. This too is easily removed with just a few screws.

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Keith from Richmond, VA

Idler pulley broke

I disconnect the power, then the vent pipe. I removed the back panel of the dryer to access the pulley and removed the belt. Replaced the back and put everything back together.

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Jerry Duty from Fort Walton Beach, FL

Idler pully sqwieling

once the back is off remove belt from tentioner and remove v clip. smooth shaft with wd-40 and scotch brite , then install new idler replace v clip
and your done !!!

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: Kim K from Hurst, TX

Dryer would not turn

My dryer starter squeaking in December 09 and the repairman told me that it would cost between $200-$500. I did not let him fix it as this machine is only 3 years old. When the part finally broke in April 10, I was ready to junk this and just buy a used dryer. My husband went on line and quickly figured out the part he would need to do the repairs. It cost under $20.00. Now my dryer is fixed and running and there are no squeaks. Thank you

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5 of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Dennis from AUSTIN, TX

Dryer drum was not turning when started.

I moved the dryer to a location where I could get to both the front and back sides. I opened the back by first removing the top cover and then the back. It requires either a Phillips head screwdriver or a quarter inch socket. In addition, it requires removing the four power wires which connect to the computer. If you are unfamiliar with the wiring layout, take a photo with your cell phone which you can then refer to when re-assembling. Once the back was removed, I saw that the belt was still intact, but the pulley which provides tension to the belt was frozen. Take a photo of the belt route between the motor and the pulley. Try to get the spring position in the photo. Remove the belt from the pulley by reducing the tension and then sliding the belt out (this assumes the belt is not broken). The pulley arm is held in place by a single bolt which can be removed by a socket set. Remove the arm with the pulley attached. Examine the pulley to figure out why it is frozen. In my case, the pulley had been frozen for some time and the belt had actually chewed through the pulley and was sliding (polishing) on the pulley axle? I used a pair of pliers to loosen the destroyed pulley by rotating it back and forth over the axle while gripping the arm the axle is attached to. As it loosened up I worked it off the axle. I used a cloth to clean the axle of grime from the belt, pulley, and dryer lint. The new pulley comes with a washer and triangular plastic "fastener". First you put on the washer, then the pulley and then you secure it on the axle by sliding the triangular fastener over the axle so it sits in a small grove near the end of the axle. Then put the pulley arm back by replacing the bolt. Make sure you do not overtighten the arm since it is intended to rotate about the bolt. If the dryer belt breaks, the spring will pull the arm down and throw a cutoff switch. Its operation should be obvious. Once the arm is back in place, refer to your photo and replace the spring (this can be tricky and frustrating, particularly if you don't use something like needle nose pliers). Once the spring is in place, depress it and re-install the dryer belt. Refer to the photo you took earlier if you've forgotten how the belt was routed. Then re-install the dryer's back panel, re-attach the electric wires (again refer to the photo you took earlier), and re-attach the top cover. You might want to test your handiwork at this point before you reconnect the dryer vent

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: angelo from NATIONAL CITY, CA

No issue at all!

even though my appliance is a little different from video i still was able to repair my appliances based on the video. definitley cheaper than buying a new one!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Mark from Sheffield, PA

Drive pulley broke. Looked like clip holding it on broke and pulley was running crooked.Belt was squealing some a couple of weeks before it broke.

Removed top and back covers. Placed new pulley and retaining clip in place. I had to remove a couple of drum supports to put belt on. Probably didn't have to remove top.

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Kevin from VALDOSTA, GA

Dryer was squealing

Disconnected Power cord, removed vent pipe, removed back panel, had to slide top cover off to remove additional screw holding back on. Went down to where the Idler Pulley was, removed old piece by depressing on the spring loaded actuator and slid it off the belt and all. Replaced same as removal.

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Parts Used:
  • Idler Pulley
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Scott from MUNCIE, IN

Dryer was making a grinding noise

I researched causes of the noise, zeroed it down to the idler pulley. I then got the dryer schematic and took the dryer apart after disconnecting the power and the vent. i did not have to remove the drum, the idler pulley was easily accessible once the top and back panels were removed. I simply removed the drive belt from tension off the pulley, removed the old pulley and installed the new one. Once finished the dryer was running whisper quiet.

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