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Westy Dryer Motor Question
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Post# 1056265   1/2/2020 at 10:13 (267 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Hi All

I have an issue with the old Westinghouse Dryer motor. it seems a little tired.

I have a few replacement motors, but the posts in the motors are different. this one had three wires comming out of it so I was thinking it was a match, but two of the wires are from the same post, whereas there is a middle post on the other one.

Any suggestions on hooking this up or am I stuck trying to find the exact motor configuation. I am not knowledgable enough on the inner workings of these electric motors.

The three post one was from the machine. Thanks Brian



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Post# 1056280 , Reply# 1   1/2/2020 at 14:09 (266 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Which model dryer is it? I have a few wiring diagrams and may be able to help.

I have the Canadian-built version of the D6 - the motor from this model has 3 posts numbered as follows: 0 for neutral, 2 for the hot lead coming from the relay and safety thermostat and 4 to the music box chime.  


Post# 1056328 , Reply# 2   1/2/2020 at 20:39 (266 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
it is the D-6 model O-40406

Looks like it is the same. Thanks for responding. Do you think I could split both off to those two. The top and bottom are just marked "line" on both motors don't know about #2

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Post# 1056386 , Reply# 3   1/3/2020 at 12:31 (266 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Brian, I dug out my US D6 dryer manual and I am not sure the 2-post motor will work...  Per the schematic, there is a green wire that connects the starting relay pull switch to a start winding in the motor; I think you could leave this disconnected and connect the blue and white wires to the motor posts.   What would probably happen would be that the dryer would start as soon as the timer was set; it should still stop if the door was opened.

I'd suggest tracing the circuit from the black and white connections on the terminal block with a voltage tester.  If my theory is good, the there should be power flowing to the blue and white motor leads when the timer is 'on' and the door is closed.


Post# 1056583 , Reply# 4   1/5/2020 at 09:45 (264 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Thanks Paul

I agree that isn't just a line out it is doing something. Anyway I took apart the motor and cleaned it up. When I put it in it seemed to work better so here is keeping my fingers crossed that it is okay. I think there is an outfit around here someplace that does rebuild them but these places seem to be dissappearing. I will keep my eye out for more spare parts. Thanks again Brian

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