How to Replace a Dryer Drive Motor


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This DIY dryer repair guide explains how to replace a dryer drive motor. The drive motor turns the belt that rotates the dryer drum. It also rotates the blower fan wheel to circulate air through the dryer drum. If the drive motor fails, the drum or blower wheel might struggle to rotate, or the drum may not turn at all. Replace a failed drive motor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

These directions work for replacing the drive motor in Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate dryers with a lint screen housing located in the top cabinet panel.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 90 min.

Parts Required

  • Replacement drive motor

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Nut driver set
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner or shop vac
  • Wrench set - SAE
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

This video shows a gas dryer. For an electric dryer, skip the step for shutting off the gas.

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the dryer. If it's a gas dryer, shut off the gas.

Step 2: Remove the lint screen

Pull the lint screen out of the housing in the top panel of the dryer.

Step 3: Remove the lint screen housing screws

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 screws that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel.

Step 4: Raise the cabinet top

To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid near the left and right edges of the front of the dryer. Lift the top and prop it securely against the wall behind the dryer. 

Step 5: Disconnect the door switch wire harness

Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tab on the wire harness plug for the door switch. Disconnect the wire harness. 

Step 6: Remove the front panel

Use a 5/16" nut driver to remove the front panel mounting screws from the inside of the cabinet. Pull the front panel forward slightly, and then lift and unhook it from the 2 bottom hangers. Pull the front panel off of the dryer and set it aside.

Step 7: Remove the drum

Note the configuration of the belt on the idler pulley and the motor pulley before removing it—you might find it helpful to take a digital picture of it so you know how to reinstall it. 


Push the idler pulley to the right to release tension on the drive belt. Pull the drive belt off of the idler pulley and the motor pulley. Pull the drum out of the dryer and set it aside. 

 Tip: Use the drive belt that you just released from the pulleys to lift the drum up and out of the dryer cabinet.

Step 8: Remove the motor clamps

Use a slot screwdriver to pry out and release the mounting clamps on the front and rear sides of the drive motor. Remove the clamps and set them aside.

Step 9: Loosen the blower wheel

Place a 13/16" wrench or adjustable wrench on the back of the blower wheel that's behind the drive motor. Place a 7/16" wrench or adjustable wrench on the flat portion of the drive shaft at the front of the motor. Rotate the drive motor shaft to the clockwise (the blower wheel is reverse threaded) while holding the blower wheel stationary to loosen it. 

Step 10: Remove the back panel

Lower the top panel and move the dryer forward so that you can remove the back panel. Remove the screws from the back panel. Remove the back panel from the dryer and set it aside.

Step 11: Remove the air duct

Remove the mounting screws from the air duct. Pull the air duct off and set it aside.

Step 12: Remove the blower wheel

Spin the blower wheel to the clockwise to remove it from the drive motor shaft. If the motor shaft turns with the blower wheel, hold the motor shaft stationary.

Step 13: Remove the motor

Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tab . Pull the wire harness out of the plug on the motor.

Pull out the drive motor.

Step 14: Install the new motor

Put the new motor into place and Make sure that the locator tab on the new motor is properly inserted into the slot on the front mounting bracket. 

 Tip: While the cabinet is open, vacuum the dust and lint from inside the dryer cabinet.

Step 15: Plug the wire harness into the new motor

Line up the wire harness plug in front of the connector on the motor. Push it down and into place. Make sure that the locking tab engages.

Step 16: Reinstall the blower wheel

Thread the blower wheel back onto the motor shaft. Spin it counter-clockwise to tighten it. Then use the wrenches to tighten the blower wheel on the motor shaft. To avoid overtightening the blower wheel, turn the wrenches until they stop and then apply moderate force to tighten the blower wheel on the shaft.

Step 17: Reattach the clamps on the motor

Position the front and rear mounting clamps on the motor and snap them into place on the mounting bracket. 

Step 18: Reinstall the air duct

Push the air duct into place and line up the mounting screw holes. Insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.

Step 19: Reattach the back panel

Position the back panel on the back of the dryer. Line up the mounting screw holes. Insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly

Step 20: Reinstall the drum

Lift the top panel and prop it securely against the back wall. Place the rear of the drum on top of the support roller that's on the rear panel inside the dryer cabinet. Lift the front of the drum to access the drive motor and idler pulley. Referring to the digital picture of the configuration, thread the drive belt through the idler pulley. Push the idler pulley to the right and loop the drive belt over the motor pulley. 

Step 21: Reinstall the front panel

Position the front panel on the hangers at the bottom of the cabinet. Line up the mounting holes and reinstall the screws in the top of the front panel to secure it to the dryer cabinet.

Step 22: Reconnect the door switch wire harness

Plug the wire harness back into the plug on the door switch. Make sure the locking tab engages properly.

Step 23: Reassemble the dryer

Lower the top panel and snap it into place. Reinstall the screws in the lint duct housing and reinstall the lint screen.

Step 24: Restore power to the dryer

Plug the dryer into the wall outlet. If it's a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply to the dryer.