Thread Number: 76044  /  Tag: Vintage Dryers
Westinghouse D-5 dryer up and running, timer issue
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Post# 998975   7/1/2018 at 09:54 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Well, I have been working on this Westinghouse dryer in my spare time, and have got it running. The contacts in the timer were not working, so I took it apart and cleaned it up. It was sluggish basically running only on one line, but now it fully works.

However the timer doesn't advance. So much of the operation of this depends on that moving so it really isn't an option to just remember to turn it on and off.

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Post# 998977 , Reply# 1   7/1/2018 at 10:00 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I had the same issue with my Canadian D6.  In my case it was the timer escapement that was gummed up and stuck. I was able to free it up with a couple of shots of WD40.  

Let's hope it's that and not a dead timer motor!

Post# 998980 , Reply# 2   7/1/2018 at 10:08 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
So here is that timer motor

There are quite a few similar ones on the internet, but the problem with this is it has that big 26 tooth gear.

I am hoping someone out there knows where I can find the replacement for this. I have been searching but can only find ones that are close.

Or, is it possible to switch that gear with one of the other motors I have? I don't know if you have to break open the motor to get to it or it presses out (?)

I have a few 12 tooth gears. I am not sure of the RPMs on them.

Also, this gear turns by hand, the other ones I have seem pretty much not to turn by hand. Just wondering if this is normal. It is necessary to turn the dial to set the machine. Thanks to all for any help.

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Post# 998982 , Reply# 3   7/1/2018 at 10:12 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Thanks Paul

I have been fiddling with it. I put power to this motor and it does not turn, though the round thing in the back is spinning. It gets a little warm, too.

Post# 999003 , Reply# 4   7/1/2018 at 15:59 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        
Timer Motor Searching

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I had a similar problem finding a timer motor with the right gear for my 1960 W Dryer. Check ebay and look at vintage clock sites, as they have timer motors and gears available. The gear should pull off with a small gear puller. Check with Combo52, as he might have one sitting around. Good luck in the search, seems that W always used the timer motors that are hard to find now!

Post# 999021 , Reply# 5   7/1/2018 at 19:04 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Can you describe

the small gear puller? Maybe I can mock one up. Thanks

I did see one on a clock site that could work but it is 1/6 RPM, and this one is 1/48 rpm. So I am thinking that the cool down period after the DRY setting would be quite quick. I could live with that as something would be better than nothing. It is also 24 tooth, rather than 26.

There are a number of one hour timer motors with the small gear. They don't specify the RPMs on those.

As a note, I have a number of manual for different dryers, 54, 55, and a few others. I am amazed at how different the wiring is on these. They look similar on the outside but unfortunately parts and wiring info is quite dissimilar on the inside.

Post# 999042 , Reply# 6   7/2/2018 at 04:54 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        

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I think a watch gear puller might work, from the one's I saw online. The RPM of the timer motor is still an issue with my new motor, it runs twice as fast as it should, though it still works on Auto-Dry

Post# 999049 , Reply# 7   7/2/2018 at 06:08 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Dryer Timer Motor Problem

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If the gear turns easily by hand a gear is broken-stripped inside, time for another timer motor.


John L.

Post# 999058 , Reply# 8   7/2/2018 at 08:57 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

so much for the info. Yes it is acting like the gear is stripped inside. I have removed the little gear from another timer so I will let you know how that goes if I can switch the big gear over.

Jerry, do you have the part number of the clock timer you bought? The one I found is much faster than 1/2 speed which I think would work pretty good. Thanks. Brian

Post# 999086 , Reply# 9   7/2/2018 at 16:58 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        

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The timer motor is Autotrol Model 700. These usually came with International Register (now Intermatic) timer motors. I got this on ebay because it had the right number of teeth, not because it had the correct RPM, though

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