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Timer moves and dryer works fine but when the timer reaches the off position it will not shut off

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This failure in a dryer that has a mechanical timer which has a pointer that travels clockwise to off can ONLY be caused by a bad timer. Replacing the timer will solve the problem.

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Replace your timer it is defective and non repairable...
When you go to replace with your new timer, I would recommend that you remove and replace one wire at a time.
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