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Hotpoint wma 34 front loader will not spin

Machine works perfectly in all other respects, it is not mechanical ie bad belt, loose belt etc, I suspect either a bad motor or control issue but would appreciate expert advice. thanks

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Re: Hotpoint wma 34 front loader will not spin

Open the rear panel and check for a broken belt and whether the motor spins. In case both are OK it could be a bad capacitor issue as well. Good luck!

Posted on Aug 24, 2007

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