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Need help with replacing dryer power cord - weird plastic terminals?

Hi,

Bought a longer one and after watching some Youtube videos was pretty sure that it would be an easy operation. Of course i'm not that lucky ;)

This is the cord I bought - Petra 90-2028 10-Foot 4-Wire Dryer Cord

I thought my dryer (Whirhpool Duet Sport YWED8500SR1) would have standard wire terminal but it turns out it doesn't have anything like that. The original cord is connected using white plastic connectors (2 male and 1 female):
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I tried to search for a cord with such plastic terminals but I miserably failed, it's like they don't exist. Every article and Youtube video mentions normal screw-in wire terminal, not these stupid plastic connectors, that's why i was 100% sure that the cord I bought would work.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? Is there any way to somehow still use my new 3m cord? Maybe there are adapters that convert its ring terminals into whatever my dryer needs?

Thanks!
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Easiest would be to cut off the plastic connectors and connect the wires using a properly sized marette, being sure to wrap it with electrical tape afterwards.
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jabela wrote: Easiest would be to cut off the plastic connectors and connect the wires using a properly sized marette, being sure to wrap it with electrical tape afterwards.

Oh, ok, I saw that on YouTube but then wiki said it's only for low voltage which scared me although according to wiki low voltage is relative and something like 50-1000v. Yeah, I'm not very good with electricity :)

Ok, so then all I have to do is this:
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I basically cut both wires, strip both ends and put twist cap (marette) on top and then wrap with electric tape and then use existing plastic connectors. Repeat for all 3 except ground one cause it is thankfully screwed normally to the case already.

Awesome, I'll try to get some caps tonight then.
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You might find it easier to cut the plastic plugs off the old cord that you are replacing, and attach them to the end of the new cord. You can do that on your workbench instead of trying to work awkwardly on the dryer itself, and then you'll still have the ability to attach/detach the cord at the plugs. Just make sure you connect the wires using a system suitable for 220v 15 amp power (i.e., don't just twist the wires together and wrap them with transparent tape).
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If I was going to cap the wires I would use something substantial as opposed to just a twist marette. For the cost it will give you piece of mind:

https://www.lowes.ca/wire-connectors/ma ... 34902.html
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Soulcatcher wrote:
I basically cut both wires, strip both ends and put twist cap (marette) on top and then wrap with electric tape and then use existing plastic connectors. Repeat for all 3 except ground one cause it is thankfully screwed normally to the case already.
What do you mean by "then use existing plastic connectors? If you are using wire nut there is no point to use the plastic connectors.

Not a big fan of electric tape. No harm if it is done properly, but also no point if the wire nuts are used properly in the first place.
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Faith24 wrote: You might find it easier to cut the plastic plugs off the old cord that you are replacing, and attach them to the end of the new cord. You can do that on your workbench instead of trying to work awkwardly on the dryer itself, and then you'll still have the ability to attach/detach the cord at the plugs. Just make sure you connect the wires using a system suitable for 220v 15 amp power (i.e., don't just twist the wires together and wrap them with transparent tape).
The problem is that new cord has "ring" terminals and they are way wider then old cord's terminals encased in that white plastic.
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Soulcatcher wrote: The problem is that new cord has "ring" terminals and they are way wider then old cord's terminals encased in that white plastic.
You would cut those off too. Connect those bare wire ends to the bare wire ends of a short few inches of wire sticking out of the old plastic connectors that you cut off the old power cord. Then you can still plug the new cord into the old plastic jacks on the dryer.

The goal is to not mess around with the wires and connectors on the dryer itself, only with the separate connecting cord.
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csi123 wrote:
Soulcatcher wrote:
I basically cut both wires, strip both ends and put twist cap (marette) on top and then wrap with electric tape and then use existing plastic connectors. Repeat for all 3 except ground one cause it is thankfully screwed normally to the case already.
What do you mean by "then use existing plastic connectors? If you are using wire nut there is no point to use the plastic connectors.

Not a big fan of electric tape. No harm if it is done properly, but also no point if the wire nuts are used properly in the first place.
Are you saying to connect new cord to the old one PAST white plastic terminals, basically getting rid of them completely? I could do that but in my case it's much easier to do it before and still use old cord length with the white plastic connectors at the end since the location where these plastic connectors are coupled is pretty far away from the back entrance where the green ground wire is screwed in. I'll have to strip that heavy black plastic coating from the new cord to free up green wire to go all the way back to the entrance point in that case... Hmm, maybe i wasn't that clear in explaining, sorry.
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Faith24 wrote:
Soulcatcher wrote: The problem is that new cord has "ring" terminals and they are way wider then old cord's terminals encased in that white plastic.
You would cut those off too. Connect those bare wire ends to the bare wire ends of a short few inches of wire sticking out of the old plastic connectors that you cut off the old power cord. Then you can still plug the new cord into the old plastic jacks on the dryer.

The goal is to not mess around with the wires and connectors on the dryer itself, only with the separate connecting cord.
Oh, I see, that's exactly what i'm going to do, yes. I was confused cause i thought you suggested to cut off white plastic terminals themselves and somehow put them on top of new ring terminals without cutting new wires at all :)

Cut old wires with plastic terminals at the end, cut ring terminals from the new cord, connect old wires with plastic terminals to the new wires, plug plastic connectors in.

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