Step 0 - Disconnect the Power!
There are all kinds of live contacts inside the dryer cabinet. To avoid serious injury or death and possible damage to your unit, disconnect the power cord to your dryer.
Step 1 - Pop The Top and Secure From Above
To pop the top, you will need to use a stiff putty knife or flat head screw driver to pop up the top, as shown below. If you press in at the spring clips with a putty knife as shown below, the top will easily lift up. You can also use a screw driver and pry until the top pops free, but I would recommend a putty knife. If you have a a different model than the one featured here, you know that the top pops off if there are two brackets (see a pic of these brackets here) in the back of the dryer that allow the top to swing up. Most dryers of all models have a top that may be popped. Once the front of the top is "popped" up, you may swing the top upward as shown below. Then, I recommend securing the top from above as shown below to avoid having the top fall and damage wiring - you really really don't want to damage or pull out any of the wires connecting controls to the dryer!
Step 2 - Remove two front bolts to allow front to be taken off.
In the two photos shown below, the two bolts are removed near the top of the front. Once removed, you should now be able to lift and remove the front panel.You will need to disconnect a few wires - make sure to either label them or take a photo. I was glad I had a photo!
Step 3 - Remove the bulkhead.
You will see 4 bolts, as pictured below that fasten the bulkhead to the remaining dryer. Removal of the bolts allows you to remove the bulkhead. You need to lift it a little as you pull it away. There are two wires that need to be disconnected and also a wire clip needs to be disconnected.
Step 4 - Lift the drum out.
To do this, you simply lift - no tools needed. Once you complete this step, all internal parts are readily accessible. A lot easier than you thought, wasn't it! Once you have the drum out, you should use this opportunity to clean up all dust and inspect parts like the belt, idler pulley, front and back felt rings and the roller wheels that the dryer sits on.
Step 5 - Make your repairs and then do Steps 1-4 in reverse order to reassemble.
In the case of this dryer, I had to replace the idler pulley and belt. The idler pulley, available at http://www.appliancepartspros.com, could be replaced easily from the front access. And I simply slipped the belt over the drum in the worn area on the drum where I could see the previous belt was and then placed the drum back onto the two back rollers it sits on. To get the belt over the idler pulley and motor drive I removed a circular punch-out access panel that the dryer presumably had for such purpose, as shown below. But, with just this small hole and my big hand and wrist filling the hole, I could not see what I was doing, so I cut the access panel a little bigger to allow more space and light to put the belt on. I simpy fastened a painted repair panel over the access panel hole with sheet metal screws to make things look "right" again. In the bottom right photo, the correct orientation of the dryer belt on the new idler pulley is shown.
For more parts on this model, go to this link.
Other models using this repair procedure or a similar procedure are shown below.:
ADMIRAL Models: ADE7005AKW ADE7005AYW ADE9005AGW
AMANA Models: ALE443RAC ALE443RAC ALE443RAW ALE443RAW ALE443RCW ALE443RCW ALE565SAC ALE565SAW ALE643RAC ALE643RAW ALE643RBC ALE643RBC ALE643RBW ALE643RBW ALE643RCW ALE643RCW ALE665SAC ALE665SAW ALE866SAC ALE866SAW ALE866SBC ALE866SBC ALE866SBW ALE866SBW ALE866SCW ALE866SCW ALE868QAW ALE956EAC ALE956EAW LEA50AL LEA50AW LEA60AL LEA60AW LEA90AL LEA90AW LEC50AW LEC60AW LEC90AW LED57AW NDE2335AYW NDE2335AZW NDE5800AYW NDE5800AZW NDE5805AYW NDE5805AZW NDE7800AYW NDE7800AZW NDE8805AYW NDE8805AZW
CROSLEY Models: CDE6505AZW CDE6505W CDE9500AZW CDE9500W CDE9505AZW CDE9505W
MAYTAG Models: MDE308DAYW MDE3706AYW MDE3706AZW MDE3757AYW MDE3758AYW MDE3758AZW MDE4658AYW MDE4806AYW MDE4806AZW MDE508DAYK MDE508DAYW MDE5806AYK MDE5806AYW MDE5806AZK MDE5806AZW MDET336AYW MDET336AZW MDET446AYW MDET446AZW PDET920AYW PDET920AZW SDE305DAYW SDE305DAZW SDE3606AYQ SDE3606AYW SDE3606AZW SDE4000AYW SDE4000AZW SDE405DAYW SDE4606AYW SDE4606AZW SDE505DAYQ SDE505DAYW SDE505DAZW SDE515DAYW SDE515DAZW SDE5401AYW SDE5401AZW SDE5701AYQ SDE5701AYW SDE5701AZW
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