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Dryer heats timer advances however won't shut off

Have a Kenmore gas dryer that is fairly old but still works well. Presetly dryer will dry clothes, the timer will advance on all settings however fails to turn dryer off on a couple of the settings. As a result it will run continuosly.

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Timer replacement needed unless you can deal with it.

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