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I have a Kenmore Elite dryer that runs for 7 seconds then cuts off. It won't restart until 5 minutes then does it again, run for 7 seconds then stops. Any suggestions? I have cleaned the vent lines.

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Sounds like a motor going out on overload or high temperature.

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let me know hoe you make out?
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