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Washer only spins light loads

GE model: WLDSR416F3WC
My son over-loaded the washer with a duvet. Now it will only spin a full load if you give it a spin when you hear the click for the spin cycle. It seems to spin light loads ok

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It appears your clutch has failed in this instance.

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