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Manufacturer #: 341241 /
Manufactured by: Whirlpool /
Fix #: FIX346995
Manufacturer #: 341241 |
Manufactured by: Whirlpool |
Fix #: FIX346995
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Replaced the drive motor using the installation video listed with the part. The instructions were accurate and very easy to follow.
Take out dryer screen, and remove 2 retaining screws. Use putty knife to push both clips on the front corners of the top of the dryer to lift top off. The front of the dryer only has 2 retaining screws around where the clips are to remove the top. Remove those screws then lift up to disengage the hooks the front is sitting on. The drum should hang freely. Remove old belt/idler pulley assembly. When the new belt and pulley assembly are installed (slide the new belt around the drum, through the pulley assembly and around the shaft to the motor), rotate the drum a couple times to make sure it is lined up correctly. Then reassemble the dryer.
Pulled belt off rollers removed drum from dryer then replaced. Removed bad roller. Hardest part was getting the triangle past the first groove to the second. Cleaned shaft with towel and greased with lithium then put roller and second triangle on. Put drum back in and hook belt back on. I watched a video on you tube that showed step by step.
Very simply followed the instructional videos on the website. Their step by step instructions were easy to follow and the video detail was great. I found the website in a search for diagnosing a noisy dryer. Once I saw the videos and ordered the parts I couldn't wait to complete the repair. It took less then an hour and the dryer runs fine. I hope to get many more years out of it and have no fear that in the future I can complete other repairs if need be.
I called my boyfriend
The instructional videos that this site provides are really great and most helpful. If changing a motor or blower, it will tell you to hold the motor shaft while loosening the blower, (CAUTION: left hand thread). Those instructions would be great for a dryer that is almost new but the likelihood of needing to change the motor or blower wheel on a fairly new dryer would be slim. Because my dryer was not new, as I suspect most needing repairs aren't, I ended up doing what most everyone else had to do and that is,cut the shaft that extends into the blower wheel because that blower wheel absolutely refuses to break free from the motor shaft, most likely because it's seized onto the shaft, probably caused by years of moist air in the blower tunnel, (too bad the factory doesn't put a dab of Never Seize on the threads before assembling it when new). In any case, if you determine that you need a new motor, do yourself a favor and order a new blower wheel at the same time, then plan on cutting the old one off if it fails to budge on your first attempt. I used a Milwaukee M12 Hackzall, which is their smaller mini cordless reciprocating saw, with a 6" blade. A six inch blade is just long enough that it will flex, allowing the space required to get in between the blower and the end of the motor. You might be able to get a full size reciprocating saw in there although it will be tougher. Be careful not to destroy the felt seal on the cabinet wall that keeps the lint out of the main cabinet. Once the motor and blower are free of each other, the rest is simple and quick. If I spent two and a half hours completing the repair, 90% of that was trying to unscrew the blower from the motor. This site is great to do business with, from their large inventory, to their great web site, service, and delivery. Great company!
I pried 2 front snaps to lift lid. Nutdriver removed 2 screws to lift off front. The switch easily popped out of bracket to free the front panel to set it aside. Tumbler lifted out exposing the cause of the broken belt was due to a damaged motor pulley. I used a screw driver to "lock" motor in order to back off the damaged pulley, then inspect and vacuum out inside of dryer. The new parts arrived in a surprisingly short time and included an easy to follow belt installation diagram. Once the new pulley was in place, I replaced tumbler with the belt around it. Then I was able to reach both hands under the barrel from both sides of blower, in order to "thread" the belt around the idler wheel and the new pulley. then replaced front panel and popped the door switch back in place and the top snapped back on. All done and a happy mother-in-law was able to dry her clothes once again.
unplugged dryerlifted up top of dryer and wired back topunplugged door switchtook off two screws at top of front panel and lifted off topslid new belt on dryer drum and hooked to motorreplaced front panel and hooked dryer switch back upclose dryer top and plug dryer back in
1.Removed two screws from lint filter opening2. Slid putter knife under two front catches3. Removed corner self tapping screws4. Pulled electrical connector apart5. Put belt on drum6 Ran belt through tensioner7. and around pulley.8. Turned drum by hand and slid putty knife under belt to make sure it was not twisted9. Reconnected connector10. Reinstalled self tapping screws11. Closed top12. Reinstalled screws by lint filter opening
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