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Replaced the two (rear) drum rollers, two (front) drum slides, and the belt. I did reverse the drum, which the

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Old 01-02-2013, 06:07 PM
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Model Number: LDE8506ACE   Brand: Maytag   Age: More than 10 years   

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Replaced the two (rear) drum rollers, two (front) drum slides, and the belt. I did reverse the drum, which the manual says shouldn't make a difference. I didn't like the way the belt positioned/tensioned - the return side of the belt was awfully close to the belt passing over the drive pulley, but I went ahead and returned the dryer to service. Sure enough, after a few weeks, the drum stopped turning and the belt is shredded and broken.

I had kept the old belt, which was operating fine before the above work was done. I have installed the old belt and the belt position/tension is even worse than what I describe above - the return side of the belt is up against the pulley and also is running against the cutout in the metal guard - it will start to shred immediately if I start running this way.

What is wrong? Could the rollers (non-OEM) have been undersize and allowed the drum to take a lower position, thus screwing up the belt tensioning? Now that the non-OEM rollers have been running, could they have worn and dropped the drum even more?

Please help! Thanks, Rick


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Could the rollers (non-OEM) have been undersize and allowed the drum to take a lower position, thus screwing up the belt tensioning?
I doubt it. Take a look inside the drum, if it is low you should be able to see that the bottom has a gap and the drum is not centered on the rear wall.

Sounds like you may just have the belt on wrong. There is a good sticky with belt diagrams at the start of this section.

Also if you click on the belt's picture in the parts a new page will open witha Q&A about it.

As far as I know the belt ridges should face the motor pulley.
The flat side of the belt should ride against the idler/tension wheel.
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denman - Have looked at the 'correct' roller part on web sites, with a picture of the roller overlaid on a 1" grid, and my rollers appear to be very close (if not the same) to the same diameter. I will check the centering of the drum on the back wall, good idea. Have also checked the belt routing per the manual and the on-line diagrams here and all is correct. Thanks.
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....what was the final resolution ?
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