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How do I replace a Drive Motor in a Dryer?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the power

    Plug the dryer in. Shut off the gas if it is a gas dryer. You should wear gloves to protect your hands.

  2. Raise the top panel

    The lint screen needs to be removed from the top panel of the dryer. To remove the 2 screws that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel, use aPhillips screwdriver. To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid. Put the top against the wall behind the dryer.

  3. Remove the front panel

    The locking tab on thewire harness plug can be released with a slot screwdriver. Remove the front panel mounting screws from the inside of the cabinet using a 5/16-inch nut driver. Lift and unhook the front panel from the 2 bottom hangers after pulling it forward. Put the front panel of the dryer away.

  4. Remove the drum

    Take a picture of the belt on the idler pulley and the motor pulley so you know how to remove it. To release tension on the belt, push the idler pulley to the right. The drive belt should be removed from the motor pulley. Put the drum out of the dryer. You can lift the drum up and out of the dryer cabinet with the drive belt you just released.

  5. Remove the motor clamps

    To get the mount out of the drive motor, you need a slot screwdriver. Set the clamps aside once you remove them.

  6. Loosen the blower wheel

    The back of the blower wheel has a 13/16-inch wrench on top of it. The drive shaft at the front of the motor should have a 7/16-inch wrench on it. Hold the blower wheel stationary while rotating the drive motor shaft clockwise.

  7. Remove the back panel

    You can remove the back panel if you lower the top panel. To remove the back panel from the dryer, you need to remove the screws from the back panel.

  8. Remove the blower wheel

    The air duct has mounting screws on it. Set the airduct aside. To remove the blower wheel from the drive motor shaft, spin it clockwise. The motor shaft can turn with the blower wheel.

  9. Remove the motor

    The locking tab needs to be unlocked with a slot screwdriver. Pull out the drive motor from the wire harness.

  10. Install the new motor

    Make sure the locator tab on the new motor is put into the slot on the front mounting brackets. Attach the wire harness plug to the motor. Make sure the locking tab engages when you push it down. The dryer cabinet should be vacuumed while it is open.

  11. Reinstall the blower wheel

    The blower wheel needs to be Threaded onto the motor shaft. It should be spun counterclockwise to tighten it. The blower wheel on the motor shaft needs to be tightened. To tighten the blower wheel on the shaft, apply moderate force to the wrench until they stop, then turn them. Attach the front and rear mounting clamps on the motor to the mounting brackets. Attach the mounting screw holes by pushing the air duct into place. Attach the mounting screws.

  12. Reattach the back panel

    The back of the dryer has a panel on it. Attach the mounting screw holes and tighten them.

  13. Reinstall the drum

    Pull the top panel against the wall. The back of the drum should be placed on top of the support roller in the dryer cabinet. The drive motor and idler pulley can be accessed from the front of the drum. Referred to the digital picture of the configuration, thread the drive belt through the idler pulley The drive belt should be over the motor pulley if you push the idler pulley to the right.

  14. Reinstall the front panel

    The front panel should be on the bottom of the cabinet. Remove the screws from the top of the front panel and place it in the dryer cabinet. The wire harness needs to be plugged into the door switch. The locking tab needs to be engaged properly.

  15. Reassemble the top panel

    Put the top panel in place by lowering it. Attach the screws to the lint duct housing.

  16. Restore power to the dryer

    The dryer can be plugged into the wall outlet. If it is a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply.

Time required:

90 minutes.

You would need the following tools:

adjustable wrenches, nut driver set, phillips screwdriver, putty knife, slot screwdriver, vacuum cleaner or shop vac, work gloves, wrench set - sae.

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