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The manual switch works but the timer does not rotate. The timer knob is properly placeed into the geared drive but the timer motor does not seem to be operating.

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Http://www.intermatic.com/~/media/files/intermatic/products/instructions/timers/e1010%20-%20english.ashx
Half of the online manual is upside down.

According to the manual, the clock motor that operates the timer requires a separate Neutral wire.
The clock motor is a separate circuit, just like your alarm clock.

The wiring is:
Black-hot-from-breaker connects to timer-black wire
Wire-to-Load connects to timer-red wire

Timer-white wire connects to Neutral.
The Neutrals are white wires twisted together and covered with a wire nut.
Not every box has Neutrals ... in that case, connect timer-white wire to bare copper wire.
Bare copper wires connect back to the Neutral busbar in breaker box.
Attaching your white wire to ground is not code, but it will work.

How to test your wires:
Separate wires
Turn on power
Test each wire to bare ground
Tester lights up on Hot wire from breaker
Now test Hot from breaker to each of the other wires, except ground.
Tester lights up on Neutral

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Posted on Nov 09, 2010

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  • ljrbr Nov 09, 2010

    Thank you Geno_3245 for you very helpful response. I looked on the Intermatic website but did not find the information on the separate power supply to the clock motor. I have it going now and I am grateful to you.

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2010

    Put a 4-thumbs up on the answer, and we'll call it square. Glad it worked out. I am in contact with Intermatic regularly when I find things in their manuals that are not clear. They're working hard to keep the customers happy. We all are. Good luck.

  • Bryan Jackson
    Bryan Jackson Apr 10, 2014

    I have the same problem as the original poster, so I was very hopeful when I read this post. I have the same timer and the timer dial does not rotate even when inserted fully, but the manual button does turn the circuit on and off. I tested all the wires as Geno_3245 indicated and everything checked out with one caveat. I have an extra set of wires that feed a light switch for the light in the room with the timer, so my hot wire from the fixture is in a twisted wire nut with the hot wire for the light switch and a pig-tail hot wire that is then connected to the red wire on the timer. Again, everything functions except the timer dial does not rotate, and I have already replaced the timer with a like model with no changes. Any help would be appreciated.

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