Kenmore Series 70 Dryer - won't run unless hold start button

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Old 06-15-14, 06:00 PM
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Kenmore Series 70 Dryer - won't run unless hold start button

My dryer had the motor go out last fall. I replaced it with a new one but it recently started acting up again.

Last time it would run for a few minutes and then cut off.

This time when you push the button the motor runs but it turns off as soon as you let go.

Could it be a defective switch? Not sure what to troubleshoot this time.

Thanks for your advice!

Taylor
 
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Old 06-15-14, 07:27 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

It could be a start module problem or a motor problem.

Please post the model number for your dryer.
 
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Old 06-16-14, 01:27 AM
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Without model # can't tell which to look for, 2 usual problems 1st run relay and the other a control board.
 
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Old 06-16-14, 05:51 AM
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The model is Kenmore:
MOD: 110.60622990
Type: DWJR-ELE-2406028-FM54

The problem popped up a couple of weeks ago. It would run fine when I was testing it but my wife was having issues with it starting and thought the motor was bad again. The replacement motor was installed about 6 months ago. This weekend was the first time that it wouldn't run when I was around.
 
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This would not be a start switch problem. Also, this dryer does not have a control board or "run relay". The problem would only be caused by a defective motor switch (integral part of motor) or wiring between start switch and motor harness connector. To rule out a wiring or wiring connection problem, trace the black wire from the motor harness connector. This wire ties in with the start switch, door switch and timer. Check condition of wire terminal at motor connector. Where did you get the "new" motor from?
 
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I bought the motor at the Sears repair / outlet store. It's not a generic one off eBay if that's what you are asking.
 
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Yes, that's what I was wondering. Motor switch should be ok. Closely inspect the connection for the black wire at motor connector. Look for burned/corroded terminal inside connector and make sure wire is not loose/broken at that point. If it seems ok, trace wire to where it is spliced in the wiring harness. This wire ties in with blue wire from door switch, black wire from start switch and white/black wire from timer.
 
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