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Just bought a new motor from APP last week. Tried to install it tonight but I can not figure out the trick to getting the blower fan off of the motor.. Right now I have channel locks on the motor shaft preventing the motor from turing and the tag on the fan cover said to turn the fan clockwise. I guess my fingers are just to weak to turn the fan hard enough. I just can't get a grip on it. I tried holding the fan and turing the motor also, but still can get a good enough grip. Is there any tricks or tips anyone could help me out with? I'm almost to the point where I am going to break the fan off and just buy another one.....

This is my girlfriends dryer and I forgot to grab the model #

Thanks ahead of time for any help

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Put vice grips, or an adjustable wrench on the blower wheel and an adjustable wrench on the motor shaft ( a pipe wrench works also) Turn motor shaft clockwise(left hand thread) A little impact helps.
If the blower faces forward, put a 1/2 drive socket wrench in the blower and a wrench on the motor and turn blower clockwise.
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and sometime they just don't come off.
If your replacing the motor along with the fan blade then you can use a hammer to remove it.

One big blow with a hammer at the center of the blower wheel and you can bust up the old wheel enough to pull the motor out.

Of coarse you will need a new blower wheel after doing this.
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Put vice grips, or an adjustable wrench on the blower wheel and an adjustable wrench on the motor shaft ( a pipe wrench works also) Turn motor shaft clockwise(left hand thread) A little impact helps.
If the blower faces forward, put a 1/2 drive socket wrench in the blower and a wrench on the motor and turn blower clockwise.

Thanks for the responce. I was turning the motor shaft the wrong way when I tried to hold the wheel.

So pretty much use the vice grips or the adjustable wrench to hold the blower wheel , and then turn on the motor shaft clockwise.
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The BFH ... nice. I was thinking about doing it but decided to hold off trying to get everything fixed last night.

I'll let you know how it goes
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Ninety nine percent of the time, vice grips on the blower will result in successful blower wheel removal.
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richappy must be stronger then me. I only have a 95% successful blower wheel removal rate with the vice grips.

It's alway's the other 5% that is all the fun anyway, lol..

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You get the job done?
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Right on Appliancejunk. There is a certain animal pleasure out of pounding the hell out of the blower wheel, personally I like a sharp hatchet!
I had a lady smile at me while I was pounding a bad pump away from a washer motor, she said now that's a job for a man!!
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Right on Appliancejunk. There is a certain animal pleasure out of pounding the hell out of the blower wheel, personally I like a sharp hatchet!
I had a lady smile at me while I was pounding a bad pump away from a washer motor, she said now that's a job for a man!!
Apparently I like pounding the hell out of things too. I got it off tonight, but not the way I wanted to. I held the wheel with an adjustable wrench while my girlfriend turn the motor shaft with another wrench. A fin on the wheel cracked. I decided heck for $20 I can get a new one shipped here and proceeded to beat it with the hammer. It was worth it even if I could have still used that wheel.

One thing I did learn. Wear gloves while working on dryers! Those clips that hold the motor down can be a pain to get off. When wrenchs slip, hands fly. Metal edges wrecked havoc on my knuckles.

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I use a long bladed screw driver for the clips, saves on the knuckles.
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