What started out as the dryer shutting down early before the clothes are dry has turned into a "hard start" situation. I removed the motor to trouble shoot and it works, doesn't seem to have excessively worn bearings, spins freely and has continuity in the windings. One or the winding connections looks pinched in the middle but it still has continuity. It will start tuning with no load on it (with the belt removed) and it will occasionally start with a load on it. I can also spin the drum by hand and hit the start and get it going but 9 times out of 10 it will just buzz or turn the shaft just a few degrees (and then buzz) when I push the start button. I checked all the connections, door switch, etc. Everything look and seems to work normally.
Any thoughts? I'll replace the motor if that is what's wrong but it is just acting strange. Not your typical failure. Any help would be appreciated.