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Starts with asistance then shuts off.

It is a Kenmore Elite dryer 110.63032101.
If I tape door switch on, push start while rotating drum, dryer starts. It then shuts down after 1-2 minutes. It will not start without assistance.

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A centrifugal switch selects the start winding, but the run winding is always selected, according to the wiring diagram.

So, it could be a bad centrifugal switch, or a bad motor. You can test the motor by measuring the resistance between the blue and white-orange wires (the run winding), and between the blue and violet wire (the start winding). Both values should be under 4 ohms.

To continue running, the motor run winding must be OK, the door switch must be closed, the belt switch must be closed, and the thermal fuse must be OK.

All this assumes the electronic controller is OK, but this is the stuff a handy homeowner can check before calling in the big Sears guns.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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