How to Replace a Kenmore Gas Dryer Drive Belt

How to Replace a Kenmore Gas Dryer Drive Belt


The drive belt transfers rotation from the
drive motor to the dryer drum. If the drive belt breaks, the motor runs but the drum won’t
move. Before ordering a replacement dryer drive belt, unplug the dryer, lift the top,
and physically check the belt to verify that it’s broken. Before you begin, wear work gloves
to protect your hands. Unplug the dryer. Shut off the gas. Pull the lint screen out of the
housing in the top panel of the dryer. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 screws
that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel. 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. Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tab on
the wire harness plug for the door switch. Use a 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. Pull the broken belt out of the cabinet. Position the new drive belt
on the dryer drum. Lift the front of the drum to access the drive motor and idler pulley.
Thread the drive belt through the idler pulley. Push the idler pulley to the right and loop
the drive belt over the motor pulley. Position the front panel on the hangers at the bottom
of the cabinet. Line up the mounting screw holes and reinstall the screws in the top
of the front panel to secure it to the dryer cabinet. Plug the wire harness back into the
plug on the door switch. Lower the top panel and snap it into place. Reinstall the screws
in the lint duct housing and reinstall the lint screen. Plug the dryer into the wall
outlet. Turn on the gas supply to the dryer.

5 thoughts on “How to Replace a Kenmore Gas Dryer Drive Belt

  1. Excellent video. Took much less time then allotted In my case the roller came unattached probably from too heavy a load and the belt was still intact. Re-seated the roller and reattached the belt and back in business.

  2. Excellent commentary, but the repairman's hands are IN THE WAY and it's not possible to clearly see what goes where.

  3. Not to be too critical, but the reason I can here was to figure out how the belt is routed…which I did. But it would be more useful to all if a couple more seconds were spent showing how the belt goes around the pulley. Also, my belt has a black rubber side and a cork colored side. Maybe mention which side goes against the drum…i assume that it matters.

  4. So finally I found the right DIY video that actually solved my no heat problem! Thank You! And no it wasn't the relays or switches or 45 degree angle of the exhaust hose and the gas did flow into the dryer. What you guys helped me with is the coils! So I had another messed up Kenmore outside waiting to become trash and since I knew all those worked, I just went out to that one and ripped them all of and the coils were the problem! So Thank You! Saved me from buying a brand new dryer! eh

  5. Dryer we have has lint screen at bottom of door inside not on top, cannot find any vid for this type of Kenmore 700series dryer…why?? The Kenmore website has terrible pics, 1990s quality website cannot identify our machine cause pics are so cheap & no instructions for disassembly & repair. No video anywhere .
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