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Hotpoint WMA 32 broken wires on Motor?

My Hotpoint washing machine WMA 32 kept tripping the circuit breaker on the fuse box. The motor would start but every time the heater element switched on the circuit breaker tripped the house. I found that both wires to the heater element had worn down to the bare copper, probably caused by rubbing against the lower concrete block (bad design Hotpoint). I repaired these with insulation tape. While doing this I also cleaned up the brushes on the motor - they were very 'sooty' but had plenty of wear left in them. I also found that one of the wires on the connector to the main motor had broken off completely, (before I touched anything - honestly!), either the 1st or 7th wire I think. This was reconnected but does anyone know what the wires are for i.e. would it reduce the motor speed by not selecting one othe windings. I had noticed that clothes were not as dry as they used to be, but had ignored this. So maybe this wire enabled the fast speed to be done.
The mashine now washes fine, but I'm curious about the wires on the connector to the motor.
Thanks for any help.

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This has to be the pick up for the fast spin as any other would disable the motor.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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  • patsy70 Jun 04, 2011

    hi my washing machine was tripping the curcuit, i removed the top to find the 3 wires all completely snapped off, what would cause this and do i just reconnet all 3 wires andwill this be safe,
    many thanks
    patricia

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