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Help! My dryer is growling at me, won't go!

Dryer growl is caused when the motor's bearings are dry. Most times this means a new motor however you can still get a few more days out of a dryer motor if you do some doctoring. On each end ot the dryer motor is a cotton reservoir which holds a lubricant that keeps the bearing oiled. The bearings on a dryer are sealed so their are no holes to add more oil. I use a one eighth inch drill bit to open the cavity on each end of the motor. I add in some zoomspout oil till I cannot add anymore. Then I work the motor free till it turns nicely on it's own. You need not remove the dryer motor to do this process. Their is a fifty fifty chance of success using this method. It may go another couple of years or it could die quickly depending on how thin them bearings are.

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my kenmore dryer turns on but cuts off a few seconds latter.


Must be the motor. If it was a limit and the dryer stopped it would NOT start again later. Only a bad motor can produce this phenom.

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You could replace the motor OR go to Plan B

Lube the motor and see if it will go a bit longer.The heat makes the oil in the resrvoirs dry out with time. The motor shaft needs a thin layer of oil between the shaft and bearing. If that oil is gone the motor will get hot and die quickly. You can sometimes get her to work some more and save some money: How to lube a dryer motor

Jan 21, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dryer stops before clothes are dry. When you try to restart it back up makes a loud buzz sound


That growl is bearings going bad in the motor.
I have some repair photos HERE

Feb 15, 2010 | Dryers

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Kenmore Dryer shuts off to soon.


Might be something lugging down the motor causing it to shut down on overload. Too many clothes,bad rollers, idler, or slides. All can cause the motor to have fits. It might just be time to replace the motor or try and oil it. They don't put any oil holes for the bearings. You must make some. Use high temp oil to fill the bearing wells. Work the motor free. If you are gonna replace the motor remember the blower wheel has backwards threads.

Jan 26, 2009 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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Dryer cuts off before clothes are dry.


Might be the thermal protector in the motor that is shutting down the dryer, if motor overheats this is what will happen. Make sure there is no lint build up around the motor, if not the motor is bad. does the dryer start right away after shutting off or do you have to wait? If you have to wait the motor is bad.

Jan 13, 2009 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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