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Motor is fine but drum won't turn. What could it be?

I have a Kenmore Mod: 110.70832990 that the drum won't turn. It will tumble only if I am holding the door switch off, the wife holds the start button, and I give the drum the Prizes Right turn. I took the drum off and started the motor. The motor turned over and ran pretty quickly. The rollers seem fine. What could the problem be?

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  • dancrespo Jan 04, 2009

    The belt looks to be pretty tight. I think it might be the motor is starting to weaken. I can't seem to find anything else wrong.

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Is there a belt to turn the drum - if so it may need to be changed.

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