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Replacing your General Electric Dryer BELT DRIVE
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PartSelect Number PS16542496
Manufacturer Part Number WE03X29897
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

BELT DRIVE Specifications

This Drive Belt is 89.5" long and comes in black, featuring four ribs on the inside for a better grip. This is a long belt that wraps all the way around the dryer drum, around a tension pulley, and then around the drive motor pulley, allowing all the parts to work together, spinning the drum as the motor rotates. If the drum will not turn when the dryer is turned on the belt is likely broken. It is common for belts to stretch or become brittle over time, which is what leads to the breakage. If broken, it should be replaced; the drum simply cannot spin without this belt. Refer to your model number and user manual to check if this part is right for you. Ensure you use work gloves to protect your hands from sharp internal parts during this repair. Please note: When comparing the length of your old belt to the length of the belt as stated here, remember that a small amount of stretching and contortion may occur with belts over time for a range of different reasons. Unless your belt is drastically different in length, this belt is what you are looking for despite any small inaccuracies. You will need to remove power to your appliance, remove the main panel, and access the motor drive to slip your new belt back into place.
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Replacing your General Electric Dryer BELT DRIVE

Replacing your General Electric Dryer BELT DRIVE
Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Noisy | Drum Not Spinning | Won’t Start
This part works with the following products:
Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo, Washer.
This part works with the following products:
General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore.
Part# WE03X29897 replaces these:
WE12M0022, WE12M22, WE12M29, WE12M33, WE12X21574
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Dryer was making increasingly loud "thumping" sound.
Parts were shipped quickly, packaged correctly, and were in original GM packages - very reassuring. BTW, your customer service is excellent.
Reviewed YouTube videos.
Patience is required, take your time, take photos of the wires and also make a written wiring chart. This was the flaw in my planning. Reference the schematics from PartsSelect to number the controls. Do NOT use masking tape to identify the wires as they will have all stuck together by the time you go to reinstall them.
Most difficult process was removing and identifying the numerous wires to the back panel. They have push connectors, but some were very difficult to remove. The people doing the "how to" videos no doubt had them partially released and that made it look easy. Examine the connectors before removing to identify how they are captured by the connector. A paper clip "tool" I made enabled me to release some of the capture lugs, but some were so tight, I had to use small needle-nose pliers to open up the lug to release the wire on the connector.
When reinstalling, re-tighten those connectors.
Replacing the parts was much easier than the wiring disconnect/reconnect process. I'm happy to report that replacing the rear bearing and the front 2 green and 2 white shim/bearings immediately and completely solved my problem. For about $150, I restored my dryer to "like-new" functionality and got a lot of satisfaction from doing it. The project took about 4 hours, which could have been reduced to 2 hours had I know about the clip release and wiring identification process. Also, make sure you thoroughly vacuum out your unit while it is disassembled. Good luck!!!
Other Parts Used:
BEARING SLIDE BELT DRIVE Drum Glide Bearing - White Rear Drum Bearing Kit
  • mike from SUMMERVILLE, SC
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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belt was broken.
remove top of cabinet and front panel. placed belt around drum and replaced idler pully placed new belt around pully and was done. not a hard job at all. replced front panel and top. thanks to a speedy delivery of my parts dryer was only down two days.
Other Parts Used:
PULLEY BELT DRIVE
  • robert from phenix city, AL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Excessive Drum Noise While Drying Clothes
The PartSelect company's "how to" repair videos are OUTSTANDING. Thank you! The videos provided a comprehensive overview of what to expect in terms of clothes dryer disassembly, component replacement and reassembly. The videos were invaluable tutorials for prior-to-disassembly work.

I ordered all the following parts which I felt were likely excessively worn--white and green bearing slides (two of each required), rear drum bearing kit, drive belt, and idler pulley wheel--to address the noisiness issue.

For your consideration: Since our dryer is 12 years old and would be disassembled anyway, I decided to order a new dryer drum belt and idler pulley, to replace these two constant-use items as preventive maintenance.

Two notes.
One: When replacing the dryer drum bearing parts, you need a T25 torx bit to loosen and remove the three torx-head screws. But using my T25 torx bit-head-style screwdriver, it was impossible to loosen them. Fortunately, I had a T25 torx bit, which I could mount in a socket wrench, which DID allow me to loosen those three torx-head screws without damage/breakage. WHEW! Recommend you are similarly prepared!
Two: If you purchase the "Rear Drum Bearing Kit," it already comes with the the "Drum Bearing Sleeve" and "Retainer O-Ring" components I thought I would also need--no need to purchase separately. I returned those two items, unopened, for a refund.

All together, from dryer disassembly to, component replacement, to a thorough vacuuming/cleaning, to reassembly and an operational check, it took about four hours. The dryer is now nearly noiseless again! Success!

I consider myself reasonably good with tools and have a fair amount of electrical and mechanical skill. My wife assisted with extra hands a couple times, too, seriously reducing my frustration level. Depending on your abilities, you'll take more time or less time than the four hours it took me. I'm certain I saved at least a couple hundred dollars by doing this maintenance myself.

In summary, the PartSelect person taking my order was knowledgeable and professional, I received my parts two days after ordering, the parts worked perfectly, and the company refunded my two, unopened returned parts promptly. Overall, a terrific experience. I highly recommend them to any capable do-it-yourselfer.

Thanks, PartSelect!
Other Parts Used:
Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually) Rear Drum Bearing Kit Idler Pulley Wheel
  • DENNIS from RALEIGH, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
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Belt broke
Removed drum replaced pulley attached pulley spring to catch on motor bracket put belt on drum put drum in aligned belt and pulley released. Spring replaced door and top
Other Parts Used:
Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Idler Pulley Wheel
  • Richard from LUMBERTON, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Belt broke and door switch stop working
Remove top cover and front cover
Other Parts Used:
DOOR SWITCH BELT DRIVE
  • Mary from MIAMI, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
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Dryer making a loud squeaking noise and had a crack in housing that would catch clothing and twist it up into a ball.
The repair went very well, parts fit perfect. Now there isn't anymore complaints.
Other Parts Used:
Dryer Lint Chute Assembly Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Steven from GOSHEN, IN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Dyer made a squealing/screeching noise
I have read other postings which describe most of the procedure very well, so I'm just going to add things that should be considered, which I have not read about here.
Removing the drum proved difficult due to the lack of room on the two sides.The vent blower motor bracket is at the front bottom of the dryer, and when the two screws on either the left or right side are removed, the dryer sides spread more easily and allow the drum to be removed or re-installed more easily.
Next, the rear drum bearing I bought has a rubber o-ring which holds it in place. There is a good chance this o-ring will be hard and brittle after years of service, and will crumble when removed, in order to replace the bearing. I had to run to the local hardware store to get a new o-ring, and could only find one that did was not rated for high heat usage. I presumed once the drum is re-installed that the bearing can't dislodge even with a missing o-ring. I think it just holds the bearing in place while removing and re-installing the drum, but I cannot be certain about this.So if you plan to replace the rear drum bearing, make sure to also order the o-ring that holds it in place. It is doubtful you can re-use the old one depending on the age of your dryer.
Replacing the old white belt tensioning pulley requires the removal and re-installation of a "nut" that has no threads. It is forced on and off and not simple to re-install. The removal was easy simply by using a wrench to "unscrew" it counterclockwise. But re-installing it is another matter. It requires force to get it back onto the shaft. I saw a tip to use a 7/16" socket placed over the nut and hit with a hammer while bracing the bracket from the other side. I did this by used a smaller tool, linesman's pliers, which provided the force needed. Install it about 1/4" past the end of the bracket shaft. Careful, that nut has sharp edges and I ended up bleeding from that process. Three hands would help: one to brace the bracket, one to hold the nut and socket in place, and one to hammer. So good luck with that. Probably there is a smarter way to do this.
If you replace the old white plastic belt tensioning pulley with a new yellow one, it is not simple to understand how to re-install the belt properly. The videos do not do the trick adequately. I did find one on youtube where they removed the dryer side in order to show the belt installation and I had an "aha moment". Since you cannot see the belt, the pulleys, the motor, or anything else during installation, it is not a simple thing to do. Here are my tips: Before re-installing the drum, move the belt tensioning pulley bracket to the right (when facing the dryer front) and you will see a little spot where the bracket will stay to the right when engaged in this spot. Engage the bracket and then proceed to re-install the drum. That way, when you reach under the drum to set the belt properly on the pulleys, you won't have to engage the tensioning bracket without being able to see. Once the belt is in place, carefully remove the bracket from the right holding spot and allow it to move back to the left operating position. I used two hands and don't think I could have done it with one. When the belts are new, they can be naturally twisted and you have to be careful to install the belt with no twist. I had to do it twice to get it right. If someone can take up the top belt slack for you, it's easy to feel the belt underneath the drum and get any twists out.
Next, i had a hard time inserting the drum back into the dryer and finding the hole where the bearing inserts. The problem is, if you are not careful, it's easy to move, bend, or break the heater wires which surround the hole you need to locate blindly and slip the drum bearing into. I did bend those wires, but luckily not break them. In hindsight, applying some masking tape to the rear inside panel of the dryer right at the top, left and right of the drum BEFORE removing the drum would have made it much easier estimating the proper drum height while maneuvering the bearing into the rear hole. Then remove the masking tape when done.
I ordered a new top plastic front bearing that supports the drum in the front. Good thing I did because mine was split about 5" where one set of the green and white sliders install. I had one white "plastic" insert visible. The other one plus the two green bearings were totally missing. No wonder it was squealing.
Finally, the hardest part for me was re-installing the top of the dryer! Take a good look before removing it so you can see exactly how the top fits to the dryer and how the parts need to be lined up first.
Thanks to PartSelect.com! Every part was correct and the installation videos gave me so much help. Also, parts arrived in two days, which surprised me. I will be ordering all parts here.
Other Parts Used:
FELT TRAP DUCT Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Front Drum Bearing Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually) Drum Bearing Sleeve Idler Pulley Wheel
  • KENNETH from HOLLAND, PA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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drive belt is broken.
Follow the instructions from YOUTUBE to replace the new drive belt..
  • Phuc from WOODBRIDGE, VA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Squeaking
Replace the front and rear bearings. When I have to do it again I will only order (3106), (313), 2x (316) green, 2x (316) white, and drive belt. Taking it apart and putting it back together was easy. Unplug the unit. Take out the 2 philips screws that hold on the top. Lift the top from the front to clear the locking tabs in the back and take it off. Take out the 2 5/16 screws that hold on the front. Tilt the front (door) forward and rest the drum on the dryer sides, you'll see it. Disconnect the wiring harness for the light and door switch, 2 wires. Lift the front off the bottom retaining clips and place aside. Have someone hold up the drum. Reach under and unhook the drive belt. Pull out the drum assembly. Take off the rear bearing, 3 screws. Clean out the heating element area in the back of the dryer while you have a chance. Replace the bearing assembly. I bought the entire bearing assembly but I could have gotten away with just the sleeve ( 3106), but I didn't know that at the time. Take off and replace the drive belt. Lock the tension arm for the drive belt into the compressed position shelf holder by the motor, push the arm down, you'll see it. Replace the drum and have someone hold it up while you rehook the drive belt and release the tension arm. Now, I would suggest replacing the entire front bearing. If the slides have been bad for a while, the plastic bearing (housing) is probably worn out and cracked. I had to order a front bearing assembly because the new slides wouldn't work with the worn out assembly, no big deal, it came quick. Unscrew the light bulb. Slowly pull the assembly away from the top of the front metal panel, slowly, and pay attention to where everything lines up. Replace the new front bearing and put the new slides on the little plastic tabs, be careful so you don't snap them off. Green on top, white on the sides. Replace the lightbulb. Set the front panel into place on the tabs at the bottom of the dryer. Rehook the door wires (2), and have someone hold up the drum while you slide the front bearing into the drum. Holding the front panel in place, turn the drum by hand and check for binding, things that don't sound or look right. Replace the 2 nuts to hold on the front. Plug it in, keep your hands back, turn it on, look, listen, everything fine. Open door, unplug, replace the top and the 2 screws that hold it on. Plug in, turn it on and check for any noise, you shouldn't hear any. If you do, you didn't do something right or maybe your drive pulleys are bad. A good dad and son job; especially getting on the ground and reaching under to deal with the drive belt. Watch out for sharp edges on the sheet metal and be slow and careful with the front plastic bearing so it doesn't snap. Your now good for 5 more years. A 2 on the difficulty scale, just take it slow and have an extra set of hands.
Other Parts Used:
Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) BELT DRIVE Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually) Rear Drum Bearing Kit
  • Bryon from PASADENA, MD
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Dryer's drum doesn't run
Follow YouTube "how to change dryer's belt" some video is very clear.
  • ruoli from Germantown, MD
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Monte
January 21, 2023
is motor supposed to stay running after pressing start button with the belt off
For model number GTDP180EDOWW
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Hi Monte, Thank you for your question. The motor will still run, but the drum will not turn. If you need a new belt, the part number listed for it is PS16542496. If you would like to place an order for it, please call our customer service line and anyone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Steven
May 22, 2023
I have a very bad squeaking noise happening when dryer is running. I’m assuming it needs a new belt. Could it been anything else?
For model number DPSR483EAOWW
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Hello Steven, thank you for getting in touch. Based on our understanding of the issue, we would suggest you replace the drive belt, part number PS16542496, to fix the issue. We hope this helps, good luck with this repair!

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Ariel
July 7, 2023
Im not sure of the model. But the belt is 1/8 in thick and 89 in long it ropp3d so im not sure... but im wondering if the width will fit
For model number GTDP350GMWS
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Hello Ariel, thank you for your question! The overall dimensions of the mentioned belt are: 89-1/2"L x 1/4"W x 1/8"H. We hope this is what you were looking for!

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Jerri
January 22, 2023
How do you if it is the belt? This just stop after turning it on. Does it need two belts?
For model number GTDP280ED0WW
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Hello Jerri, Thank you for your inquiry. Check the belt for any excessive wear and tear and to see if it came off the pulley. The model number that you have provided only uses one belt. The other causes of this issue could be a faulty drive motor, a faulty belt interlock switch, or a faulty door switch. You can test the parts with a multimeter. If you are unfamiliar with how a multimeter functions, we have videos available to assist you. Good luck with your repair.

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Denise
February 20, 2023
Do you have a belt compatible with the GE dryer model # DHDSR46GG7WW?
For model number DHDSR46GG7WW
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Hello Denise, thank you for contacting us. The compatible belt for your model is the belt drive, part number PS16542496. It attaches to the motor pulley and spins the drum as the motor rotates. Glad to be of assistance!

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Dung
March 1, 2023
I need washer belt only
For model number MUD27GESNOWW
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Hello Dung, thank you for contacting us. The part you are looking for is the drive belt, part number PS12342956. We hope this helps.

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Steve
March 27, 2023
Dryer turns on when pushing button stops when let go of button and drum doesn’t spin Is that a symptom of a broken belt ?
For model number GTD42EASJ2WW
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Hi Steve, thank you for contacting us. We have narrowed the issue down to the following parts: the start button assembly, part number PS11766637, the start switch, part number PS3487190, the felt seal, part number PS12722961, and the drive belt, part number PS16542496. Good luck with the repair!

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Annette
May 10, 2023
I need a belt for my ge dryer but I dont know the parts number the only 2 number are GTD33EASKOWW. AM839292C
For model number GTD33EASKOWW
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Hi Annette, thank you for reaching out. The part you are looking for is the drive belt, part number PS16542496. We hope this helps!

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Donnie
September 8, 2023
Does it use a 27 in belt or smaller
For model number Gtdp180edoww
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Hello Donnie, thank you for the question. This drive belt, part number PS16542496, is 89.5 inches long. Glad to be of assistance!

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