I expected to find the belt wrapped around the idler pulley or the motor, but when I finally opened it up, I found the belt still intact and routed appropriately around the drum, idler pulley and motor. The drum seemed to rotate okay, so I don't think anything was binding, but when I attempted to start it up, it just made a noise like the motor wanted to turn, but couldn't. I ended up removing the belt from the motor and tried again, and was surprised when the motor still didn't turn, even with no load......same thing - same noise - and the motor shaft didn't turn. I had trouble seeing the motor - bad light and a bad back......but I assume the motor is shot, unless something else could be preventing the motor from turning.
How difficult is it to change out this motor? Do you access it from the front or the back? It's in tight quarters - between a front load washer and a wall. And I'm not experienced with Gas dryers, so I don't want to mess with anything related to the gas supply or connections.
What do you guys think.....should attempt this one on my own?
Thanks in advance for any help.