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Kenmore Dryer I have a kenmore dryer, can you tell me where the motor is located? It is making a buzzing sound but will not start. Sometimes it will start but once it heats up, it stops running.

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Unplug the dryer turn off the gas valve and remove the rear panel the motor is located below the drum

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