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|So...... I put the wet clothes into the dryer and close the door. Normally the dryer starts right up and does it's thing. The fact that the "start" button is malfunctioning has never been an issue with me or my step kids. Not that is until one of them got IN the dryer and the other one closed the door, but that's a story for another day.
This time however when I closed the door I heard the motor hum for a few seconds and then stopped humming and just sat there.
Disassembly of the dryer revealed that the motor was seized. When I removed the lint trap ducting I simply turned by hand, the blower fan. I assumed that because the motor was seized I could just spin the fan off the spindle. To my surprise, I could see that the motor was, in fact, turning. Aha! I exclaimed, grabbed the nearest can of WD-40 and began spraying it, willy nilly, on what I could discern as the bearing areas. Feeling full of myself, I worked the light lubricant into the motor and was, after a bit, able to turn the motor by hand at the belt side.
Reassembly and operation check further bolstered my feeling of "Fix-It-Man" satisfaction. Until the next night.....
Listening to the dryer operate it became noticeable that it was becoming noisier and noisier and, much to my horror was turning slower and slower until I could finally hear the start circuitry trying to start the motor. Then it shut down.
1. Did I do the right thing by lubricating with WD-40?
2. Assuming I did the right thing. Do I do it again?
3. If I didn't do the right thing, what should I have done?
4. If you're 80 yards out from the green with a five MPH back wind should you; A, drink more beer or B, use you eight iron to pound the ball into the dirt?