Where Are the Pulleys Located in a Maytag Dryer?
By Cindy Quarters
, last updated March 13, 2012
Pulleys are an essential part of a dryer. They work together with the motor and the dryer belt to cause the drum to spin, which, in turn, is what tumbles the clothes inside so they will dry. The pulleys may bind or slip on their spindles, or they may break and need to be replaced. Knowing where to find them and how to gain access can make this type of dryer repair relatively simple to accomplish.
The access panel to reach the pulleys on a Maytag dryer is located on the back of the dryer, at the bottom. This square or slightly rectangular panel is louvered in order to provide air flow to the dryer motor. It is secured to the dryer with four metal screws that normally have either Phillips or hexagonal heads. Removing this panel reveals the motor and the two dryer pulleys. In some newer dryers, you may need to remove the entire back of the dryer in order to access the motor.
The idler pulley is the white pulley located closest to the back panel of the dryer. There are two styles of this pulley, and they look quite a bit different from one another. They also are attached to the dryer in different ways. The old-style idler pulley is larger than the motor pulley and is mounted below and to the left of the motor pulley. The newer style idler pulley is small and is mounted on a spring-tensioned arm.
The motor pulley on both the older and the newer types of Maytag dryers is on a shaft connected directly to the motor. It sits toward the inside of the dryer in relation to the idler pulley. In newer dryers, it may be more convenient to push the idler pulley out of the way, but it does not block access to the motor pulley in either dryer style.
The dryer belt winds around both the idler pulley and the motor pulley and then around the drum. The belt needs replacing if it is slipping on the pulleys, has come off of either pulley or is damaged so it doesn’t spin the drum. Often, a problem that seems to be related to the pulleys turns out to be a bad belt, and adjusting or replacing the belt can get the dryer running again.