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GE Dryer won't start without help

I have a GE dryer that won't start on its own. When I turn the start switch there is a humming from the motor. I have removed the front, top and drum; completely cleaned all lint and dust from the motor. The motor will run if you give it a little help when the start switch is turned. Everything else works, the motor just doesn't have enough juice to start on its own.

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  • benhupp Mar 12, 2009

    I just had to remove all lint and lubricate the motor a little, works fine now... Instead of a $200 motor, I used a $2 bottle of WD40..

  • benhupp Mar 14, 2009

    ok, well I didn't exactly lube the motor, but the blower (I'm guessing at what it is called) that the motor is connected to.. It has been working fine for a week

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YES THE MOTOR IS BAD,TO WEAK TO TURN DRUM ON IT'S OWN,IF YOU GET THE MODEL NUMBER FROM INSIDE THE DRYER DOOR MAYBE YOU CAN FIND ONE CHEAP ON EBAY-MIKE

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  • MIKE major Mar 12, 2009

    you can't lube a sealed electric motor,it will do the same thing again,this was a fixya answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MIKE major Mar 14, 2009

    more then likey something got stuck in the blower wheel,if the blower wheel can't turn the drum will not turn,i have pull al kind of stuff out of the blower wheel housing,there id=s nothing to oil there either,to some it up you just got lucky-mike ps-thanks for the crappie rating

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