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Dryer only shuts off and restarts during cycle

Kenmore (96478100) dryer start button stopped working. Now I have to close the door and turn the dial until it happens to kick on. It will start on timed drying around 50 mins then kick itself off around 40 min and back on again around 20 min - any suggestions to a quick cheap fix?

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Get a new timer. It is not that expensive and the wiring is fairly simple.

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