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Made a mistake and in hooked the wires on my Kenmore Dryer with out taking a picture. There is 3 wires on the start button but only 2 prongs.

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One end is white wire or common the other end has a small terminal and a large terminal you can screw that up. If ya did screw that up it will run with door open and stop when door shut is all.

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  • Zan GoFresh
    Zan GoFresh Jan 03, 2017

    There's a black and tan wire from the buzzer, making it three wires. The red and white wire plugs to the start button then there is two wires left. I plug the black one one up to the other side of start button then it's one wire left. Where does the tan wire go?

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    Dan Webster Jan 03, 2017

    got a picture of it?

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