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When I went to turn on my dryer, I rotated the switch to turn it on. However, it makes the normal sound but the drum is not spinning and the dryer will not stay on. When I rotate the on switch and I let go; instead of staying on it stops. But while I hold the on switch the normal sound of the dryer is heard but the wheel is not spinning.

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It sounds like the drum bearing is bad. It can prevent the drum from turning and overheat the motor and cause it to shut off.
Another possibility is that the belt has broken and the motor is just spininig. Some dryers have a safety that prevents the dryer from staying on it the drum is not turning.

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