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Won't start The drum tries to start, only moves a bit (1-2'') then it shuts off. It has been getting harder and harder to start, now it won't

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  • djdigiacomo Jan 09, 2009

    I have the same problem and also got a smell as it sounded like it was trying to turn.  I immediately opened the door to stop it and then tried to start it again and got nothing at all.  Not even the sound of a sick motor.

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Likely bad motor. If the drum turns freely, 99% motor. If not, check for obstruction in the blower housing. Hope this helps! Send me your model # for part lookup.

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