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davehermann

06:51PM | 06/09/08
Member Since: 06/08/08
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Bvelectrical
Kenmore gas dryer 110.72942100 purchased 2001

I've heard the unit make a few squeeks and then within a few seconds watched the motor vibrate violently and stop. I have to unplug to reset the motor trip. I've watched this happen a few times.

Before this, the unit wouldn't even run. I placed a load in the dryer and in hummed like the motor was trying to run and then clicked off (on overload I believe). I tore it down and vacuumed it out including the blower wheel. Without the drum, the motor then was spinning freely. I ran it without the drum and it worked fine (Gas turned on). I put it back together. It then dried 1.75 loads of laundry before having the vibration.

Belt tensioner appears to be fine.

Any ideas?

DanO

07:44PM | 06/09/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Belt tensioner appears to be fine. **

How about the drum rollers and front drum glide?

It might also be possible the added strain of turning the drum causes problems with the motor's bearings which in turn causes the motor to overheat and cut out on its overload protector.

** I've heard the unit make a few squeaks and then within a few seconds watched the motor vibrate violently and stop. **

Can the motor be turned manually at that time?

JMO

Dan O.

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davehermann

12:34PM | 06/10/08
Member Since: 06/08/08
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Rollers appear to be fine. I tore the dryer apart again. Now, when I rotate the shaft of the motor by hand, the motor is squeeking. Turns freely, but is squeeking. New motor time?

DanO

12:56PM | 06/10/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** when I rotate the shaft of the motor by hand, the motor is squeaking. **

If there's nothing just rubbing on its shaft it is probably an indication of worn motor bearings. That could cause the motor to seize up after in use a while.

** New motor time? **

That would be my guess. Dryer motors fail all the time unfortunately. It is one of the more common failures dryers suffer.

- Kenmore 110.72942100 Dryer Motor

LINK > www.appliance411.com/data.php?ap=AP3094233

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Dryer

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