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mikebili76

11:54AM | 09/26/05
Member Since: 09/25/05
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Hello! Thanks for taking time to read this. Any advice will be very appreciated. This is on a year 1999 or 2000 I think.

Ok so, I'll get down to the meat and potatoes here. I press the start button:

Heat - ok!

Timer - ok!

Lights - ok!

Tumbler - NOT ok?

I took out the door, opened the front end and took a look at the inside. Hmmm, everything seems to be ok. Belts are connected and not loose or anything. Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary (as far as my amatuer butt is concerned)

So without doing anything at all except to shine my little flashlight at the parts, I tried to turn it on. I plugged it in, pressed the door button, set the timer, and walah - it's a miracle! It works!

I put everything back together and put some clothes that needed drying. Got that load to dry and everything was fine...or so I thought.

Next day it's not working again. Took it apart once more, did everything the same...shined my little flashlight and everything. Hah! it works again. Loaded it with clothes and now it does not work anymore.

My theory is that the ignitor is not working the way its supposed to. Someone please help.

DanO

02:14PM | 09/26/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** This is on a year 1999 or 2000 I think. **

That doesn't matter at all. What we need is the dryer's complete *model number* to identify which one you have.

You can find tips for locating the model and serial number identification tag on your appliances at the following link:

- Model Number Tag Search

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/parts/tagsearch.cgi

** Tumbler - NOT ok? **

Is that a question or a statement?

** My theory is that the ignitor is not working the way its supposed to. **

Is it a gas dryer? The ignitor to light the gas burner should not effect the tumbling of the dryer.

** everything seems to be ok. Belts are connected and not loose or anything. **

Something sounds fishy.

If the belt is tightly on the motor and drum and the motor is running, the drum has to be turning too. If the motor is NOT running, the dryer should NOT heat (as a safety precaution) but you said it was.

** Took it apart once more, did everything the same... shined my little flashlight and everything. Hah! it works again. **

Sounds like you might have a loose electrical connection somewhere stopping the motor from getting power but as I said, that would also stop the heat from working too.

Sorry but I can not thing of anything that could cause the symptoms you reported.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Maytag+Dryer

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mikebili76

03:23PM | 09/26/05
Member Since: 09/25/05
5 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply Mr. DanO.

The model # is MDG4000AWQ

I tried to load it again. I tossed my ignitor theory upon reflection of what you said. It seems that that last couple of times that it did not work is when there is a load in it. Also this time, I just put the door back on and not the front cover. This way I could see what is going on inside as I turn it on. From what I saw, as the power is turned on, everything seems to work the way they are supposed to. However, when the belts start to turn the drum, it stops due to the stress. And I think this is what stops everything else which is why it mislead me to think it was the igniter. Now this is not such a big load, not even half-way to filling up the drum.

So how do I go about further testing, and if need be, replacing the belt and/or pulley on this particular model?

Another possibility might be that the motor is not able to churn enough turning power. How do I go about testing/verifying this as well?

Thanks for the help.

DanO

03:58PM | 09/26/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
Make sure the drum turns freely by hand. You can check the drum support rollers for play (wobbling on their shafts). If worn, they could hamper the drum from turning on large loads.

Next might be checking the motor shaft for play. If the end bearings as worn (see the following link), it might affect its operation only on large loads... for now.

LINK > http://www.applianceaid.com/drymotor_bad.html

If the dryer runs for a while and then just stops, it could just be the motor overheating and cutting out on its internal overload protector until it has a chance to cool down. In such a case, if it is not just plugged with lint, etc., the motor would likely be defective and need to be replaced.

- Maytag MDG4000AWQ Dryer Motor

LINK > http://tinyurl.com/ada3z

BTW. You can see an exploded part view of your model dryer at this link:

- Maytag MDG4000AWQ Exploded Parts Schematics

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?psm=MDG4000AWQ

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Maytag+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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mikebili76

04:56PM | 09/27/05
Member Since: 09/25/05
5 lifetime posts
Just wanted to thank you for the advice and links Mr. DanO

I was able to disassemble the dryer and determine that it was a bad motor causing the probems.

Thanks again.

DanO

06:59PM | 09/27/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** I was able to determine that it was a bad motor causing the problems. **

Glad you found that problem, that is half the battle. Was it too much end play or worn end bearing?

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Maytag+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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mikebili76

03:21PM | 10/02/05
Member Since: 09/25/05
5 lifetime posts
Hi again Mr. DanO

I had somebody do a service call on this just to make sure I was on the right track. He tried to start the dryer, manually turned the drum, then came to the same conclusion. It's definitely the motor. So that whole 5 minutes of his time cost me $45!!!

He said it was gonna cost $400 for an installed motor. Well thanks to the site you sent me, I knew in advance that a motor only cost around $100. So he was kinda taken aback that I knew this. He said well, um, we can give you a 10% discount then. I was like no way, bye bye now.

So anyway I'm just gonna install it myself. Although I'm having problems taking it off. I don't want to force it and risk breaking anything so could you please tell me the best way to take it off the clamps.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about. Thanks again.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mikebili76/detail?.dir=/5c2a&.dnm=3150.jpg&.src=ph

DanO

06:56PM | 10/02/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** could you please tell me the best way to take it off [motor mounting] the clamps. **

Usually a large flat screwdriver can be used. Inserted into the curved end of the clamp and pushed down slightly, then prying outwards a bit until the clip is past the locking tab on the motor mounting plate.

Although for a different make of dryer, the following link has an illustration of the screwdriver placement in the clamp.

LINK > http://users.ev1.net/~oschmidt/overstat.html

Be careful not to skin your knuckles on anything if the screwdriver slips off.

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Maytag+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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mikebili76

09:32AM | 10/08/05
Member Since: 09/25/05
5 lifetime posts
My motor came in the mail yesterday. I was able to install it successfully and we are now using the dryer as I am typing this. I'm hoping it's fixed for good. Time will tell I guess.

I just wanted to thank you for the help. I was able to save a couple hundred dollars and also gained a wealth of information. Thanks again.

DanO

11:15AM | 10/08/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** we are now using the dryer **

Glad to hear it, thanks for the follow up.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Maytag+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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