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 Posted: Wed Sep 27th, 2006 07:18 pm
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We are having a problem with our Maytag DE308 dryer.  It sounds like it's trying to start but it can't and after 2 or 3 tries at pushing the button, a burning smell comes up.  Do you know where I should start looking for the problem?  Thanks.

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Sounds like a bad motor, it is overheating also sounds like from the smell...see if the drum is jammed, can you turn it CCW??  if so probably bad motor, if not could have something bogging the motor down like something stuck in the blower wheel...



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Thanks.  I'll try that and let you know in the next couple of days. 

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Hi. 

I cleaned out the blower and checked the drum.  The drum turns clockwise, not counter clockwise.  It very heavy to turn.  I saw black powder marks that stretched from underneath the lint tray to the edge of the blower seal.  I tried to turn the motor shaft manually and it wouldn't budge. 

I cleaned everything and put it back together.  I tried to start it again.  This time, the dryer still did not start, but there was no burning smell anymore.

I want to take the motor out to get it tested, but I'm not sure if the best way to get it out is through the front or back.  Please advise.  Thanks.

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Time to tear down that dryer and find the bad guy. Could be a worn roller, something stuck in the blower wheel, a world of discovery awaits you!

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I got the motor out, and had it replaced because it had ceased.  The belt had a slash on it, so I got a new one too.  Then I put everything back together.  I started the dryer and this time it started and there was heat.  There is still something wrong though, because when I start it, I hear a boom and then the drum turns.  Everytime I start it, there is a booming sound before the drum turns.  Could this be the belt?  It almost sounds like the belt is not catching right away and when I stop the machine, it sounds like the drum is rubbing against something as it stops.  Again, could it be the belt doing that too?

Please advise.  thanks.

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Check the blower wheel, it should have a flat spot where it slides on the motor shaft. If it has stripped out, the blower wheel will wobble, rub, and continue turning a bit after the drum stops.

Also check those drum rollers and pulley.

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Thanks.  I'll try looking at those tomorrow. 

In the meantime, can you tell me how I can adjust the tension on the belt?  Is there anyway I can maybe adjust the idler pulley to pick up some slack in case the belt is loose?  I noticed that there is a spring that holds the pulley.  Could this need replacing?  Thanks so much for your help.

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It should never need adjustment. If the spring is there it's good. Which side of the belt do you have down against the surface of the drum, the flat or the grooved side? Plus you description of the noise when the unit shuts off leads all of us here to think Nick nailed that one with a potential partially stripped blower. Let us know.  

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Hi Guys.

Thanks for the help.  It was definitely the blower fan.  I replaced it and the noise disappeared.....Now I seem to be getting a small scratchy noise from the back, around the motor/pulley area.  I checked to make sure that the wires are all tucked away, that the belt is between the belt guide, that the drum rollers are ok but nothing seems to be out of place.  The noise finally disappeared, but when I started to put clothes in the dryer, the noise came back and is now diminishing.

Could this noise just be from the new parts getting broken in?  The noise seems to diminish as the machine gets more used.  Please let me know what you think.  I really appreciate the help.

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