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Old 09-14-2009, 09:29 AM
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When I rotate the start knob, I get "the Growl" by the switch but no motor start. Rotated drum by hand...no change where do I start?
thanks
tom....tools and multimeter in hand!


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When I rotate the start knob, I get "the Growl" by the switch but no motor start. Rotated drum by hand...no change where do I start?
thanks
tom....tools and multimeter in hand!
Disconnect the belt from the motor and make sure the motor spins freely. Maybe something stuck in the blower?

If you have someone to help you, give the motor a spin when they hit the start switch. If the motor is free and it won't hand start, sounds like you need a new motor.

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well, momma is happy and so am I .....no cost fix....this time.....

It was the centrifugal start switch that wasn't resetting due to lint build up on the mechanical part of the start switch....cleaned off the linkage, blew it out and away it went.......however that being a set of contacts with pretty good amperage I imagine many "bad" motors are really a set of pitted contacts.

thus a follow up question for the parts folks.

can those start switches that are on the back of the motor be gotten separate from the motor?

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tom

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No you canít replace the start switch. However I have repaired many dryers the way you described (cleaning contacts) I think you are ok. If the dryer does the same thing again soon I would recommend changing the motor. Clothes Dryer Repair Guide
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