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Dryer starts but will not continue running

I have a dryer that will not stay running. The drum rotates when I flip the starter switch but stops a moment after I release the switch. It worked the first time I tried it but does not work now.
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You have a bad motor the centrifugal switch in the motor is stuck and the only thing you can do is buy a new motor but it is probably more feasible to buy a new dryer

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Belt Dryers have a drive belt that turns the clothes drum. If the belt breaks, the drum stops rotating. Then you need to replace the belt, and often the idler pulley, because the pulley tends to wear out at the same time.

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If the motor is very stiff, or impossible to rotate manually, and the blower fan housing is clear, you need to replace the motor.

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