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Kenmore dryer runs then shuts off

This weekend we noticed our Kenmore (series 90) electric dryer was had an extreme burning smell and smoke coming from it.  We turned it off and I opened it up later to find the bottom packed full of lint that obviously had been burning.  I took it apart and thoroughly cleaned the entire thing.  Put it all back together and when I push start it spins with a buzzing sound for about 15 seconds, then shuts off and it won't restart immediately. After waiting 30 to 60 seconds their is a little click sound and it will start again, with the same buzzing and shut off pattern.
I called a parts store and they suspected it was the motor, so I picked one up and replaced it and the belt.  Got the dryer all back together and still the same problem.  I can't figure out what the problem is and I'm down $135 for the motor to boot. :-(
I got up close to the under side during one of these cycles and I think the click sound is coming from the heater coil chamber, but I'm not totally sure.
The dryer is a Kenmore 90 Series Dryer (model: 110.60912990)
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Motors rarely fail and would not cause your symptoms. You need to check the heating coil for resistance as well as all the associated sensors and wires. There should be a schematic diagram somewhere in the dryer. Make sure unit is unplugged before attempting repairs or diagnosis

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The parts store should have never sold you the motor. They rarely if ever fail on a dryer. It sounds like a limit switch or sensor wire was damaged by the burning. Check out the wiring and if you feel comfortable jumper out one switch at a time to see which one is not working. Do only one at a time. Photograph everything before you take anything apart.

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SOURCE: Kenmore Dryer Model 66801692

at leas 15 yrs old??? think it's done its time, its a great machine andwould reccomend replacing with a whirlpool/kenmore unit tworth servicing in my opinion, average call here in new york 150-225, anbd those are for simple issues. id rather put money into new unit! bit be sure to check your venting id say 85% of dryers taking too long to dry are vent related issues

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SOURCE: Kenmore electric dryer shuts off after 5 minutes and won't restar

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