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Maytag Legacy Gas Dryer MGD5770TQ0. Turn timing knob to any setting whether minutes or cycle. Dryer runs properly but knob does not move. Dryer does not stop until door is opened or knob manually moved to stop. Is the problem in the timer or should we be looking at something else

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  • gaylesutton Aug 23, 2010

    we can hear the timer motor ticking. could a gear be stripped?

  • gaylesutton Aug 23, 2010

    or if we're hearing the motor is it just not working properly?

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I looked over your model number and saw what I thought I would find: moisture sensorsMaytag Legacy Gas Dryer MGD5770TQ0. - 2415f22.jpget clothes are electrically conductive. With electronic sensing dryers as the wet clothes tumble, they touch the two metal bars in the drum. There is a capacitor on the control that is trying to build up a charge, but when wet clothes create a short from one bar to the other, this charge is released to the frame of the dryer, therefore discharging the capacitor. As long as the capacitor charge is low, the control knows the clothes are wet. As the clothes become dryer, they short the bars fewer and fewer times. Once the capacitor charge builds to a certain level, the control knows the clothes are mostly dry, and it advances the program to the final timed portion, usually less than 20 minutes, some of which is a cool down portion to reduce wrinkling. If your dryer is shutting off after only 10 minutes, that means the control capacitor is never getting discharged. This can be due to a few different reasons: 1. Sensing bar wire is disconnected or broken; 2. Load is not large enough (remember the bars must be contacted repeatedly); 3. Bars are "coated" by fabric softener build up and need to be cleaned with Windex or 409. 4. Defective control board. 5. Airflow is restricted and moisture can't escape the drum. 6. Corrosion built-up on sensing board connection.(yank out the board and clean the contacts that sometimes is all it takes) Address the airflow condition and load size. Clean the sensor bars and make sure the wires are all connected securely. Yank this DUDE out of its slot and clean the contacts. Re-install. Retry.

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The problem is definitely the timer particularly the timer motor not working. You can verify it by connecting a 120 VAC supply to the timer motor terminals. Replace the timer (part number 8566184) and it should address the problem.

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Posted on Aug 23, 2010

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    Jahn27 Aug 23, 2010

    The gears are stripped if you hear a ticking sound. In either case, you have to replace the timer because it is not repairable.

  • gaylesutton Aug 23, 2010

    okay, thanks. will do.

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