How to Replace a Motor in a Kenmore Dryer


When you press the start button on your Kenmore dryer and nothing happens, the motor may be faulty. Rebuilt motors are available at appliance repair facilities. You will need to bring you model number with you to purchase a replacement motor for your Kenmore dryer. To access the motor the top and front of the dryer will be taken apart. This will allow removal of the drum to fully access the motor.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Crescent wrench
  • Wrench set
  • Replacement motor
  • Disconnect the Kenmore dryer power cord from the dryer wall outlet. Move the dryer away from the wall so that the top panel can be raised without damaging the wall or the top panel.

  • Raise the lint trap door on the top of the dryer. Remove the two screws on the inside lip of the door opening with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the lint screen out of the dryer and close the lint trap door.

  • Insert a flathead screwdriver between the top panel and the front panel 4 inches from the right corner at the front of the dryer. Lift up on the handle of the screwdriver and lift the top corner of the dryer top panel. Pull the screwdriver out and lift up the top panel with your hands to disengage the opposite corner. Raise the top panel much like you would the hood of a car and allow the top panel to rest on the back hinges.

  • Locate the door switch and the door switch wiring harness inside the front right corner of the dryer cabinet. Press the locking tabs with your fingers and pull the wiring harness away from the door switch. Remove the screw at each front top corner that secures the front and side panels with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Tilt the front panel toward you and lift the panel up to remove it from the dryer.

  • Reach your hands under the right side of the drum and pull the idler pulley to the left while slipping the belt off of the motor pulley. Slowly allow the idler pulley to go back to the right. Lift the drum with one hand and the belt with the other and pull both out of the dryer cabinet.

  • Place a piece of masking tape around each wire connecting to the motor. Mark the location of each wire with a pencil on the masking tape. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the two clips that secure the motor to the motor carriage. Pull the wire leads off of the motor wire terminals.

  • Place a crescent wrench between the rear panel and the back of the motor over the fan pulley. Use a wrench to remove the bolt securing the front pulley to the motor carriage. This is a left hand thread so you will need to turn the nut clockwise to remove the nut. Pull the motor out of the motor carriage.

  • Set the new motor inside the carriage and secure the front with the retaining pulley nut. Pry the two clips back over the motor to secure the motor to the carriage. Connect the wires to the motor by slipping the leads over the motor wire terminals.

  • Set the drum and belt back inside the dryer cabinet. Reach under the drum and pull the idler pulley to the left and use your free hand to route the belt over the motor pulley and idler pulley. Slowly release the idler pulley to apply tension to the belt.

  • Set the front panel into the tabs at the base of the dryer. Line up the top of the front panel with the side panels and use the retaining screws to secure the panels together. Press the door switch wiring harness back into the door switch until the plastic tabs lock into place.

  • Lower the top panel and press the front of the top panel down until the retaining clips engage. Raise the lint trap door and insert the two retaining screws. Tighten the screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver and insert the lint screen. Close the lint trap door. Push the dryer back against the wall and plug the power cord back into the electrical outlet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power from appliances before attempting repairs.

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