** If I UNPLUG my dryer and turn the timer "On"... the timer will still tick ... a pure mechanical timer with electrical Contacts **
Must be *really* old or maybe a model from off shore? All modern North American dryer timers (within the last 30+ years) are motor driven like a wall clock. No power = no movement.
Unless you're just referring to the clicking sound made when you advance it by hand which would just be the contacts opening and closing.
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