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GE Dryer Drum Not Turning

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer drum not turning are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer drum not turning

Cause 1Drive Belt

The drive belt is a very long, slender belt that wraps all the way around the dryer drum, around a tension pulley, and then around the drive motor pulley. Over time, the belt can break from normal use. If the belt is broken, the dryer won’t turn. To quickly determine if the belt is broken, reach into the dryer and turn the drum by hand. If the drum spins very easily, the belt is likely broken. Next, inspect the belt to confirm that it is broken. If the belt is broken, replace it.

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Drive Belt for your GEDryer
Drive Belt - Part # 1052895 Mfg Part # WE12X10009
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Cause 2Drum Bearing

The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, this bearing wears out. If the drum bearing is worn out, the dryer may not turn properly. To determine if the drum bearing is at fault, remove the dryer belt and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum rotates freely, the drum bearing is not likely worn out. If the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds when turned and/or is hard to turn, check the drum bearing and replace it if necessary.

Parts
Drum Bearing for your GEDryer
Drum Bearing - Part # 276403 Mfg Part # WE3X70
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Cause 3Drum Bearing

The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, this bearing wears out. If the drum bearing is worn out, the dryer may not turn properly. To determine if the drum bearing is at fault, remove the dryer belt and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum rotates freely, the drum bearing is not likely worn out. If the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds when turned and/or is hard to turn, check the drum bearing and replace it if necessary.

Parts
Drum Bearing for your GEDryer
Drum Bearing - Part # 771263 Mfg Part # WE13X10011

Rear dryer drum bearing assembly

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Cause 4Drum Bearing

The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, this bearing wears out. If the drum bearing is worn out, the dryer may not turn properly. To determine if the drum bearing is at fault, remove the dryer belt and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum rotates freely, the drum bearing is not likely worn out. If the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds when turned and/or is hard to turn, check the drum bearing and replace it if necessary.

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Drum Bearing for your GEDryer
Drum Bearing - Part # 771336 Mfg Part # WE25X10001
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Cause 5Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad

One or more of the drum glides (also called slides) might be worn out. The drum glides are small plastic pieces that support the front of the dryer drum. As the drum rotates, it slides on these plastic pieces. Over time, the drum glides wear out. If the drum glides are worn out, the drum can start binding and put strain on the motor. If this happens, the motor shuts down, preventing the dryer from turning. To determine if the drum glides are worn out, inspect them for wear. If one or more of the glides are worn out, replace all of the glides as a set.

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Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad for your GEDryer
Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad - Part # 274452 Mfg Part # WE03X10001

Top front drum glide kit with adhesive

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Cause 6Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. First, check the motor to see if it makes a humming noise. If the motor still hums, remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel to ensure that it is not obstructed. Next, with the belt removed, try rotating the drum by hand. If the drum does not rotate freely, determine what is causing the drum to bind. If the drum turns freely and the blower wheel is clear of obstructions, the drive motor might be defective. If you suspect the motor is at fault, replace it.

Parts
Drive Motor for your GEDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 275429 Mfg Part # WE17X10001

Motor & pulley assembly, dryer

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