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You're not insulting my intelligence! Please talk to me like you would a mentally challenged person.
I replaced 2 thingies in the bottom back of the dryer. They cretainly look like thermostats. Size of a nickel/quarter. After replacing those, I tried the dryer again. But it still didn't start It's still trying to cool down. And now I have 2 loads to dry. I checked to see if there was any lint clog in the hose thingy. It looks all clear.

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Okay, you replaced the thingies, but did you check the doodad? Sorry...I have to say, you have one of the most original ways of phrasing a question that I've ever seen. On a slightly serious note, I need to ask you a question or two. Is the dryer drum spinning but no heating? Or, is the dryer not running at all? The thingies would more than likely be the hi limit thermostat and thermal fuse that you replaced. There's also a heating element in that circuit. Please take a look at this link for a full explanation of how to diagnose a dryer problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385301-thorough_dryer_advice

I know this link is rather lengthy, but it is helpful. I know you said you checked the hose thingy, but have you checked the dryer interior, or the remaining ducting that exits the house? About midway through the write up it explains how to determine if you have an air flow problem. This is very important. Without proper air flow, you can replace all the bad components you want, but the dryer will still have heating and drying problems and will eventually fail again. Please read through this if you haven't done so already. Let me know if you still need assistance. When you post back, please include your complete model number (located around the door opening) so I can assist you better. I hope this helps you.

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