kenmore dryer belt replacement video

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Kenmore front-loading dryers use a single, grooved drive belt to connect the motor to the dryer's drum. When the dryer is started, a pulley on the end of the motor's shaft turns the belt, which then turns the drum. The drum tumbles clothes around, speeding up the drying process. If the belt breaks, the drum will not turn. The belt is easily replaced with just a few hand tools. If the belt is intact but worn, a burnt rubber smell indicates that it needs replacement.

Kenmore front-loading dryers use a single, grooved drive belt to connect the motor to the dryer's drum. When the dryer is started, a pulley on the end of the motor's shaft turns the belt, which then turns the drum. The drum tumbles clothes around, speeding up the drying process. If the belt breaks, the drum will not turn. The belt is easily replaced with just a few hand tools. If the belt is intact but worn, a burnt rubber smell indicates that it needs replacement.

Remove the broken belt out of the cabinet. If the belt is still attached, reach under the drum, push the tensioner pulley toward the motor pulley to take tension off of the belt. Take the belt off of the motor pulley, then guide it off of the drum.

Guide the new belt, ribbed-side down, over the drum. Guide the other end of the belt under the tensioner and onto the motor pulley. As you look at the motor, the belt should come down from the top along the left side of the tensioner pulley, go under the tensioner pulley from left to right, over the motor pulley, then back under the tensioner from right to left.

Reinstall the front panel and reconnect the door switch. Lower the top panel and push down firmly to seat it into the spring clips. Secure the lint trap cover in place with the two screws and replace the trap.

Emrah Oruc is a general contractor, freelance writer and former race-car mechanic who has written professionally since 2000. He has been published in "The Family Handyman" magazine and has experience as a consultant developing and delivering end-user training. Oruc holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in economics from the University of Delaware.