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When I turn the start switch it hums but if I turn the drum it will start

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Most likely the motor. But before you toss it to the curb turn the drum by hand. Is it stiff or hard to turn? If so then the poor motor may be taking a beating from bad glides or wheels. You can save a motor sometimes. I use a product called zoomspout oil. You can get it at Ace hardware. It is safe for dryers and all major appliances including air conditioning and heating. The heat from the dryer dissipates the oil inside the cotton res on each end of the motor. If you replenish the oil then the motor will go some more. My dryer motor tip

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