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Drum not turning

My drum stopped turning, although motor was working fine on inspection. Motor was turning but rubber belt and drum weren't. Any suggestions??

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    Where are/how do you check motor brushes on a hotpoint front load aquarius WMA34?


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If you are certain that the motor was turning, then the only things that come to mind are that:

  1. The belt is stretched or worn-Replace as there is no adjustment.
  2. The drum is stalled, either because it has seized, or there is something stuck in the drum.
  3. The motor brushes are worn, and will not cope with load of drum, check brushes.
Try running it on fast spin without the belt on , if it spins o/k, then that would indicate the motor is o/k.
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