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Motor frozen Appears that it may have to do with toothpicks left in pockets and somehow eventually prevented motor operation. Should I just replace motor or could it be something else?

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I seriously doubt your motor burned up. They have thermal protectors that shut it down when certain temps are reached. Likely the empellers of drain pump are jambed with toothpicks. You access it easily by removing the front panel. From either edge slide a putty knife inserted about 3/4" along the top edge of the panel. About 4" from the edge you will come into contact with a clip. Remove the putty knife and insert where the clip is. Push in a little and you should feel a springy resistance. Push in harder and you will lift the clip past a cut-out notch at the top of the panel. If you push till the blade comes to a stop you should be able to put your fingers on the top corner of the panel and give it a slight tug to free it. Don't pull too hard just enough to clear the clip. Then repeat procedure on other corner. Once it pops open set it aside but prop it up with something. When they fall over they sound like a gun going off the way they slap the floor. Do your heart a favor. The pump is probably a plastic that you can see through with the help of a flashlight. you will probably have to remove it to get them all out. Prepare for excess water in hoses if tub is empty. If tub is full of water bail as much as possible or use a wet and dry vac. Let me know if you run into trouble.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

  • Bob Hilton Jan 10, 2013

    Thanks much BH for those detailed instructions. I will make my attempt at this after work today. I'll let you know as well. Thanks again

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