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Dryer doesn't spin

My dryer doesnt spin. The heat comes on and the timer works, the drum just wont spin and the belts are in place.

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  • milten1
    milten1 May 11, 2010

    odd but ive seen belts break and stay in place try lifting the belt

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Look around for stiff wheels, bad bearings, glides and idlers. Its a good idea to oil the rollers with some temp resistant oil such as zoom oil. Dont use WD40 as this stuff is highly flammable and may cause a fire.
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ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DO ANY WORK ON IT.
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Sounds like your problem may be a broken belt, or the belt may have slipped off of the motor pulley, or idler arm pulley.
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Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer.
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in One oil. This will save you a problem later with the rollers getting
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You will need to replace the drum rollers if they have flat spots on them.
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