I have a Kenmore dryer model number 11086873100 that has stopped tumbling. The heat still works, so I'm pretty sure it's a belt issue. I'd like to replace it myself, but can't find a manual.
If the dryer is heating but not tumbling, this would not be a belt issue because the motor has to be running in order to close the switch contacts that provide power to the heating element. It sounds like the heating element is shorted to ground & took out the thermal fuse that allows power to the motor. First, unplug the dryer & remove the rear panel. You will see the heating element mounted on the right hand side. Remove the wires from the element terminals. Remove the element housing support bracket, #4 in the image provided. You can use a small socket set to remove the screw or an extension to reach through the rear part of the cabinet to reach the screw. Lift slightly to dislodge the lower lip of the element housing & pull the complete heater assembly out. Remove the single screw that holds the element in the housing & slide the complete element out. If you find that the element has shorted, don’t forget to replace the thermal fuse along with the element & also be sure the exhaust vent is clear, this could cause the new element to fail prematurely. You can now inspect the heater coils for a short. Another possibility would be a bad motor switch.
The expert answer is incorrect. The motor is running, but if the belt that goes around the tumbler (can't see the number for it in the diagram, but it's the big round thing at the bottom right that you toss your clothes in) to turn it is broken then it will not turn. As near as I can tell, the electrical components are working fine. Both the heading and the text of my original question were edited by the expert to change the intent of my question. My actual question was to ask for instructions on replacing the belt since this site does not have a manual for my model. Having opened up the back of the dryer following these instructions, I can tell anyone reading this that that is NOT the way to replace the belt.
Using more helpful sources I was able to replace the belt. The generic instructions I was asking for were sufficient to open the dryer and replace the belt. When I got to it, I discovered it was indeed broken. I replaced it and the dryer now works! Helpful URLs: http://www.partselect.com/repair.aspx?appliance=dryer&part=dryer-wont-tumble http://www.partselect.com/repair.aspx?appliance=dryer&part=old-whirlpool-open-cabinet http://fixitnow.com/2003/11/appliance-tip-of-day-dryer-disassembly.htm http://www.applianceaid.com/wpdryer_how-to.html#full_front http://www.repairclinic.com/0079.asp#DiagramH
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