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Found the Maytag gas dryer I was looking for.
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Post# 1069368   4/26/2020 at 07:21 (1,059 days old) by Oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

I send a big thanks to Goatfarmer, who not only has helped me find vintage appliances multiple times, but he gave me this one.

The dryer is a DG-608 in harvest gold. Perfect to match my 806-S. When I first got it home, the motor was completely locked up. The drum couldn't be turned at all. Even with vice grips on the motor, it was still a struggle. There was a lot of lint everywhere, so I took an air gun and blew everything out.
After that I took out the motor, and poured a small amount of oil on each end. With a lot of strength, I worked the oil in. After a few turns it made a noticeable difference. I put a little more oil, and then put the dryer back together.
I then hooked everything up, and tied in a new gas line. Took a while for it to light the first time, I presume it had to get through the air from the new gas line. Right now, the very first load is drying. Here is a video of me starting up the dryer, now back to life!

Post# 1069384 , Reply# 1   4/26/2020 at 08:58 (1,059 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Good deal! Glad you got it going!

Post# 1069400 , Reply# 2   4/26/2020 at 10:49 (1,059 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Good save Jon, It is always rewarding when you can save a nice machine that would have likely been scraped.


When a motor sizes up of corse it is best in the long run to replace it as there is going to be bearing damage from running the bearings dry, also motors that are really covered in lint have also run very hot for a long time.


Often when I go out on a dryer that has a sized motor and do not have a replacement with me or if the customer does not want to spend the money on a new motor I have cleaned up the old motor and drilled holes in each end and used a combination of penetrating oil and turbine oil and gotten the motor going again.


We find that only about 1/2 the time that this is successful for more than about one year before the motor bearings just give up and the motor is done. If the motor growls a little when starting that is usually a sign of worn bearings, you might want to look out for spare motor to have if you need it in the future. 


The good news is it is still easy to find good used and even new motors for this dyer.


John L.

Post# 1069485 , Reply# 3   4/27/2020 at 00:16 (1,058 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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I'm glad you got it up & running.

That's a great looking dryer!

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