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New Dryer Belt

I replaced my GE dryer belt. Everything seems to be fine but when I start the dryer it does not spin once I release the start button.If I hold the start button in place it spins and heats.Any suggestions?

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Re: New Dryer Belt

The switch on motor is sticking or broke. You can try cleaning lint from motor and around switch. (Box with wires going to it on motor.) If this doesn't work you probably need a motor.l

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