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Idler Pulley Wheel

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PartSelect Number PS265714
Manufacturer Part Number WE12X81
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

Idler Pulley Wheel Specifications

This white idler pulley is used for many clothes dryers. A dryer's idler pulley wheel serves to help the belt to rotate the drum.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Noisy | Will not tumble
This part works with the following products:
Dryer.
This part works with the following products:
General Electric, Hotpoint.
Part# WE12X81 replaces these:
AP2620211, 275154, WE01X0530, WE01X0759, WE12X0033, WE12X0047, WE12X0081, WE12X33, WE12X47, WE12X81R, WE1X530, WE1X759, WE1X759D
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    Lori
    December 29, 2017
    Does the idler pulley have a tensioning spring? Mine is just located on a metal rod, not sure how this will allow the belt to turn the drum.
    For model number DDE7109VML
    Hi Lori, Thank you for the question. The Idler Pulley on this model was designed so a spring is not required. Hope this helps!

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       Average Repair Rating: 2.9 / 5.0, 9 reviews. What's this?
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        Drum in dryer making uneven grinding noise when turning.
        I removed the top by removing the four screws holding the top on. Then I could access the screws holding the front of the dryer (including the door) on.

        I removed the back panel so I could slip the belt off the idler pulley. There was also a small panel covering the back of the drum bearing. I removed the clip holding the drum bearing shaft in place. Then the entire drum assembly with the drum bearing was removed by shifting the drum toward the front and lifting it out.

        I removed the drum bearing assembly by taking out the three screws holding it to the drum.

        Once I received the drum bearing kit I reassembled it in reverse order.

        The idler pulley had a clip holding the pulley on the shaft. I removed the clip, took off the old pulley and replaced it with the new one, replacing the clip. Then I rethreaded the drum belt around the motor shaft and ilder pulley and put the panels back on.
        • Terry from Woodstock, GA
        • Difficulty Level:
          A Bit Difficult
        • Total Repair Time:
          More than 2 hours
        • Tools:
          Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
        • Parts Used:
          WE25M40, WE12X81
        28 of 39 people found this instruction helpful.
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        Dryer became very noisy
        --Removed bottom rear panel (right under where 220 line comes in) which exposed belt and idler pulley.
        --Relieved tension on belt by moving idler arm and moved belt off idler puller (just to the side).
        --Removed e-clip.
        --Removed old pulley and washers.
        --Installed new thick plastic washer first, then pulley, then e-clip.
        --Relieve tension and place belt back on new pulley.
        --Replace back panel.
        -Fini!
        • Sam from Durham, PA
        • Difficulty Level:
          Really Easy
        • Total Repair Time:
          15 - 30 mins
        • Tools:
          Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
        • Parts Used:
          WE12X81
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        Damaged belt
        Disconnect and clean all duct work.

        Note: Lint is combustable, save yourself the disaster of a dryer fire.

        Position dryer face down on floor.
        Access rear of unit, vacume clean.
        Upright unit.
        Access front of unit by removing sheet metal screws above door to float the lid.
        Using screwdriver gently seperate drum at top from housing. Hold open with wedges.
        Thread new belt through hole a foot or so.
        Tape belt to drum near drum center.
        Rotate drum until belt is fully around.

        Note: Taping new belt to drum will assist you in reassembling. Belt will not fall off drum when unit is face down on floor.

        Remove wedges and resecure sheet metal screws to top of unit.
        Place the unit face down again.
        Ensure belt clears all front mounts.

        Note: gentaly pull drum from mount and slide belt between.

        Remove old belt and idler pully.

        Note: replace the idler pully with every new belt it will save you time later.

        Install new idler pulley and rethread in new belt.
        Rotate drum to access and remove tape attaching new belt to drum.
        Upright unit and test.
        Re-attach access panels, reposition unit and
        re-attach duct work.
        Done
        • Mark D. from Kittery, ME
        • Difficulty Level:
          Difficult
        • Total Repair Time:
          More than 2 hours
        • Tools:
          Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
        • Parts Used:
          WE18X26, WE12X10014, WE12X81
        11 of 15 people found this instruction helpful.
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        Dryer would not tumble the clothes.
        After finding the belt was broken, I also discovered the idler pulley was broke. Your website made it incredibly easy to identify and purchase the parts. This is my third great experience with your site. The last repair was the whole front bearing assembly and that went very smooth thanks to your site. Keep up the great work and thanks again.
        • David from Gibraltar, MI
        • Difficulty Level:
          Really Easy
        • Total Repair Time:
          15 - 30 mins
        • Tools:
          Screw drivers
        • Parts Used:
          WE12X81, WE12M29
        10 of 19 people found this instruction helpful.
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        Noisy dryer operation
        Removed front panel and rear access panel of dryer. Removed drum just far enough to access old drum bushing and removed and replaced it. Removed pulley spring arm retainer bracket in back of dryer. Removed old pulley and nut and replaced them with new ones and new bushing. Only problem encountered is when my daughter's cat ate 2 of the bolts that hold the rear access cover. Dryer runs well and quiet and cat is fine.
        • Carl from Montoursville, PA
        • Difficulty Level:
          Easy
        • Total Repair Time:
          30 - 60 mins
        • Tools:
          Nutdriver, Screw drivers
        • Parts Used:
          WE3X75, WE1X404, WE12X81
        5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful.
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        Dryer drum would not turn
        After opening the front door there are screws that are holding the top to the door. Take those screws out using a Phillips screwdriver. The top should lift up and rest at a near 90 degree angle.

        The door has two screws at the bottom that need to be taken out. Once those are out there are two screws on both sides at the top holding it to the frame. Remove those as well.

        Before you remove the front you should document the wiring for the door light switch. I took these off to give the door a little extra room so I could rest it on a toolbox without taking all the wires completely off.

        Once the door is free, on the back there is a metal plate with two screws in it roughly in the middle of the unit. Unscrew the top completely but leave the bottom screw in and just slightly loosen it. This will allow it to swing down out of the way without the need to completely remove it and have one more part to put back together in the end.

        What this plate is covering is the center of the drum. There is a small metal tab that you can push on and it will push the drum out so it can be removed. Gripping the drum, you can lift it out by guiding it through the notches on each side where the drum protrudes.

        With the drum removed you'll see the motor and idle pulley. On my model the pulley was attached to a metal rod that was spring loaded. The pulley is held on by a small tension washer that was easily removed with pliers. Installation was somewhat more difficult but mostly just getting it lined up and started. Once on the rod it was easy to push it into place.

        With the new pulley installed it's time to install the new belt. To do this first put the belt over the drop and then replace the drum back into the frame. Once the drum is pushed back into the hole it will support itself.

        Now you need to remove the panel on the back to get access to the motor and pulley. This panel has a lot of screws. Once that's off you can then guide the belt over the motor and get the idle pulley to put tension on the belt.

        Once that is complete just replace all the screws you removed, plug it back in and watch as your new belt moves the drum once again.
        • Thomas from Terre Haute, IN
        • Difficulty Level:
          Really Easy
        • Total Repair Time:
          15 - 30 mins
        • Tools:
          Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
        • Parts Used:
          WE12X10014, WE12X81
        4 of 6 people found this instruction helpful.
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        new belt / pulley
        Took front off , put new belt over and under drum.
        Laid on front put new pulley in place on back side.
        Stood back up, put belt back on motor pulley.
        Then put idler pully wheel back in place.
        Put front back on, lid down in place, ready to run.
        • Deborah from Clarksburg, WV
        • Difficulty Level:
          Really Easy
        • Total Repair Time:
          Less than 15 mins
        • Tools:
          Screw drivers, Socket set
        • Parts Used:
          341241, WE12X10014, WE12X81
        2 of 4 people found this instruction helpful.
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        Dryer not working
        First I took the lower bottom off the back of the dryer (bolts), pulled the old pulley off the idler and put new one on. Second, I took the screws out in front (under lip of top) and then removed bolts from bottom of the front. Then lifted lid up and swung front to the side. I was then able to take the drum out and clean it before putting it back in with the new belt. The put everything back together.
        Dryer ran for ten mintues and then quite again. Seems to be in the motor and not the less expensive parts I found to be worn.
        • Deanna from Red Wing, MN
        • Difficulty Level:
          Easy
        • Total Repair Time:
          1- 2 hours
        • Tools:
          Screw drivers, Socket set
        • Parts Used:
          WE12X10014, WE12X81
        2 of 4 people found this instruction helpful.
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        Broken Belt
        First unscrew the two screws at top to disconnect the control panel. Lay unit on the back. Remove door(be careful not to lose washers and hinges). Remove four screws to lift off top. Wiggle drum, slip belt over drum. Replace door, then put Four screws back in place.Stand unit upright.Remove back panel, you should see belt hanging.Pulley wheel is in front of you.Follow instuctions sent with pulley wheel.Reattach you're ready to roll, make sure you sllip the belt on the drum until the drum spins.
        • Barry from Dunellen, NJ
        • Difficulty Level:
          A Bit Difficult
        • Total Repair Time:
          30 - 60 mins
        • Tools:
          Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench set
        • Parts Used:
          WE12X81
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