How to Replace a Laundry Center Dryer Drive Belt

 

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This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the dryer drive belt in a laundry center. The dryer drive belt turns the dryer drum when the drive motor pulley turns. If the dryer belt breaks, the motor runs but the drum won't move. Replace a broken dryer drive belt with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This procedure shows how to replace the dryer drive belt in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Gibson, Crosley and White-Westinghouse laundry centers.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 60 min.

Parts Required

  • Dryer drive belt

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

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • #2 Square-head screwdriver
  • Step ladder
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Enlist a helper to assist you when moving the laundry center.

Instructions

 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.

How to Replace a Gas Laundry Center Dryer Drive Belt

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the laundry center. If the dryer uses gas, shut off the gas supply.

Step 2: Remove the rear access panel

With your helper, pull the laundry center away from the wall to access the rear dryer panel.

 

Remove the screws from the rear access panel and pull off the access panel.

Step 3: Remove the heat shield

Remove the mounting screws from the front access panel and pull off the panel.

 

Remove the mounting screws from the heat shield and pull the heat shield off.

Step 4: Release the control panel

Remove the mounting screws holding the control panel to the laundry center frame.

 

Pull the control panel down and forward to release it from the laundry center frame.

 

Let the control panel hang by the wires below the dryer front panel.

Step 5: Remove the front panel

Remove the 2 mounting screws at the bottom of the front panel.

 

Unplug the door switch wire harness.

 

Remove the 4 mounting screws from the top of the front panel and pull off the front panel.

Step 6: Remove the dryer drive belt

If the belt isn’t broken, reach into the dryer through the rear access panel and release the drive belt from the motor pulley.

 

From the front of the dryer, raise the dryer drum slightly and pull the drive belt out of the dryer.

Step 7: Install the new dryer drive belt

From the front of the dryer, slightly raise the drum and slide the new belt over the drum.

 

From the back of the dryer, reach into the dryer and route the belt over the idler pulley and around the motor pulley.

Step 8: Reinstall the front panel

Position the front panel on the laundry center frame and reinstall the top mounting screws.

 

Reconnect the door switch wire harness.

 

Reinstall the bottom mounting screws on the front panel.

Step 9: Reinstall the control panel

Push the control panel into the laundry center frame and reinstall the control panel mounting screws.

Step 10: Reinstall the heat shield

Position the heat shield on the frame and reinstall the mounting screws.

 

Position the front access panel on the laundry center frame and reinstall the mounting screws.

Step 11: Reinstall the rear access panel

Push the motor access panel into the rear panel of the dryer and reinstall the mounting screws.

 

Move the laundry center back into place.

Step 12: Restore power to the laundry center

Plug the laundry center into the wall outlet. If the dryer uses gas, turn on the gas supply.

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