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Loud squealing,and hanging burnt wire off of heating element

Took my 3 yr old maytag dryer apart to research loud squealing,cleaned and re greased rear drum rollers, and the idler pulley roller. They didn't seem to be in bad shape. The bel has a few small cracks so I was going to order a new one. The black wire from the motor to heating element was burned back 3-4 inches up wire, and just hanging in mid air, the copper connector was still attached to element and charred. I tested the two terminals on element w/ voltmeter and it registered 2-3 ohms,I read it should be between 9-13. The other two things attached to element read 0 ohms. I hope the new belt will fix the squealing but I am worried as to what caused the burned wire off of heating element?? Any help would be greatly appreciated, money is kind of tight, I have three kids and I'm trying to fix this myself to save some money.

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Sometimes, there is a flaw in the wiring from the factory where the wire came from or at the manufacturer. Sometimes this is caused by "work hardening" the wire. This is where the wire is worked back and forth until it breaks or becomes weak. This is usually the cause when the wire breaks further up the wire.

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