I saw this while googling, too, but didn't see a path that would turn on the heater AND start the timer motor with the timer in the OFF position (which is where I left it). But I'm good at taking advice, so put my meter on the terminal, and touched the shell, and found continuity. I removed the heating element, and there are no broken wires, but where the wire goes from the front half to rear half of the element, that wire had "sagged" and was making contact with the metal brace that supports the element. I tightened the coils slightly at both points, and it's now above that brace by more than 1/4". I'll reassemble, and if the symptoms are solved, I'll get a new element on it's way.