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Kenmore Dryer only lights gas sporaticly

Appliance: Kenmore (Sears) Dryer
Model: 110.70602991

Note: Thank you in advance for any help with this issue.

Problem: In Permanent Press Cycle - Igniter Element will not glow and natural gas will not light at all, in Normal Cycle Igniter Element will glow then 3 loud clicks will be heard (sometimes) and natural gas supply will light for about 15-20 seconds but typically Igniter Element will glow NO loud clicks will be heard and natural gas supply will NOT light.

The only thing I don't know how to check is the very expensive Dryer Timer.

Item's I did clean and check:
- Cleaned Thermal Cut-off & Continuity (w/Ohm Meter) Good
- Cleaned Thermal Fuse & Continuity (w/Ohm Meter) Good
- Cleaned Holding/Boosting Gas Coil & Continuity (w/Ohm Meter) Good
- Cleaned Secondary Gas Coil & Continuity (w/Ohm Meter) Good
- Cleaned Igniter Element & Continuity (w/Ohm Meter) Good and functioning well
- Cleaned Radiant Sensor & Continuity (w/Ohm Meter) Good
- Cleaned Vents and Lint Trap

Note:
- No High Limit Thermostat Sensor on this model

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Replace the igniter. The ignitor is the most comon problem with gas appliances checking continuity does not tell you if it is bad or not it has to draw a certain amount of amps to open the gas safty valve and the is no safe way to check this on most gas dryers

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