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Hi ! I have a similar problem. The dryer heat was working and the drum was turning but the clothes were not drying. I took the back off and found the fan belt was broken. So I replaced that and while the back was off I decided to clean up the dust build up on the fan, the inside of the cabinet and in and around the motor. I used q-tips wetted with wd40 oil to catch and pull out the dust from the motor. Anyway got everything back together but the dryer would only run if you kept your finger pressed on the start button. So I don't know if I bumped something when I was cleaning? Also there was some smoke from somewhere. I wasn't very thick. I think it might be from the wd40 burning off the motor? What do you think?

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  • jiffy helper Apr 30, 2008

    I went and took the back off the dryer to check if there was friction with the new belt that I put on and found that there was a section on the belt that has melted some. It was frosted or milky looking versus clear plastic. The cross section of the belt is round versus flat and the melted part was a little thinner. There are two wheels that the belt is stretched around . The one attached to the fan on the dryer drum is black plastic and the one of the motor is metal . I figure that the heat must be generating from the motor. I checked the broken belt that I replaced and it had a very slight melt spot where the break was. So I think I found the problem. My question is now - can the motor be overhauled or should I just replace it?

  • Anonymous Jun 09, 2008


    i just bought one used for our apartment...the belt moves and the drum spins (I can feel the heat and the clothes do dry) but it seems to be running very quietly for a dryer. There is no air blowing out of the vent...is there a blower that should be moving air? If so, is there any problem running the machine without the air moving through?

  • uofallb08 Jun 09, 2008

    I posted the question about the lack of air movement through the machine...FollowUp: I just hung a piece of thread at the vent at back of machine and there is some movement of air but very weak. I'm wondering if it's just air that is being forced through as a result of the drum spinning. Should the air coming out of the back be fairly forceful or is this normal?

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Replace it ,its known to weaken after awhile,remember this W-D 40 is very flammable ,NEVER spray it near anything that can spark.Also never oil a appliance motor it will only mask the problem for a short time and alot of times it will smoke.Self lubricating bearings are not to be oiled .I'll be happy to guide you through any repairs you need.

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