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    Default Kenmore dryer runs on LOW, then makes buzzing noise and stops

    Model Number: 417.91042000
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    I've got a Kenmore dryer that only seems to work reliably on LOW. When I run it on medium or high heat (and even sometimes on low with a full load), it starts to make a buzzing noise and eventually stops before the cycle ends. Sometimes, I smell a kind of burning rubber odor after it stops.

    If I open and close the door and try to turn it on again to continue the cycle, it doesn't work (just buzzes). However, if I let the dryer sit for a bit (presumably to let things cool down), I can eventually restart it and continue the cycle. Any ideas what could be causing the problem???

    Here's what the buzzing sounds like:
    Kenmore dryer making buzzing noise then stopping - YouTube

    And here's what happens when I try to start it after a quick open/close of the door:
    Kenmore dryer not turning on... - YouTube

    Josh

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    Hi Josh,

    You have a bad motor.

    Here's the motor for your model you can order here:
    Drive Motor 131560100 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com


    Watch this video:



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    Thanks for the quick diagnosis, Jake! Do you think the bad motor would be causing that burning rubber smell also when it's on med or high or could there be something else involved? It's going to be tough to pull my dryer out of the closet so of there are any other parts to order for other fixes, best I take care of it now! :-)

    Josh

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    Jake! Do you think the bad motor would be causing that burning rubber smell also when it's on med or high or could there be something else involved?
    Yuppers

    The motor bearing in the motor is overheating and causing the rubber burnt smell. Rubber is on both ends of the motor shaft.

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    Ok thanks, Jake! Gonna order and will report back.

    Josh

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    Sounds good Josh, yes keep us posted.

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    Hi Jake,

    So here's an update: I got the new motor, successfully installed it thanks to the terrific step by step video and am ready to hook the dryer back up and see how everything worked out.

    However, while taking down the dryer initially, I pulled off the exhaust hose (kind of ripped it actually) so now it's not long enough to reach the end of the dryer. Is there a simple vent pipe extension I can get from Home Depot that would give me the extra length I need? I figure 3 feet would be fine. I have the standard flex vent material.

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    Yes Josh, Home Depot or Lowes has the dryer vent hoses, they should also have standard pipe extensions as well. It should be 4 inches diameter.

    Good job on the motor install.

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    Jake,

    SUCCESS! Finally got the new dryer hooked up with the needed vent pipe extension. Did 3 loads of laundry last night and the dryer is humming along quite nicely. Thank you very much for the help -- you've managed to breathe new life into BOTH my washer and dryer in less than 30 days! And I expect I'll get many more years out of them both now for just a small cost of repair.

    Much appreciated!!!
    Josh

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