hi, i am tying to fix a malfunctioning clothes dryer for a friend.
it has been working (for years!), but fairly suddenly stopped rotating the drum.
inspection showed that the fan and drive belt are intact, and the fibre bearings at the front of the drum were partially worn through. so there was excessive friction when rotating.
anyway, i have replaced the fibre front drum bearings, and put in new belts just for maintenance.
now, it will still not start rotating when the door is closed. that in turn is because the motor will not start. but if i spin the motor by hand (ie with fan cover off... ) to get it started, the drum will rotate, and seems to do so with some power. the new (and old) drive belt is tight, so it is not a case of it slipping.
question: what could cause a the motor to not start properly, but function when it is spun by hand? i seem to recall from the thread i started when i bought a used pedestal drill, that it could be the big capacitor attached to the motor.