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My smart drive is not reaching full spin speed on spin cycle

I just unblocked the pump on my smart drive f&p machine and thought it was all fixed only to find that when it reached the spin cycle it starts off ok sometimes but will not reach full spin speed and ends up not getting the water out the clothes properly as spin is too slow. can you help? It cannot complete the spin cycle properly. It was laid on its back when the pump was fixed and I have just been told this is a no no.

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You are right with your last comment. Laying the machine on its back is a no no. It allows the residue water in the bowl to possibly travel up the small plastic tube and enter into the water level sensor on the main (computer) control unit. It only takes a very small amount of water and it upsets the sensor so that the machine may not go through its cycle correctly. The water (depending on model) is extremely difficult or impossible to get out.
This may cause the machine to think that the bowl is not completely drained and so it will not go into full speed spin. Other problems may occur as well.
Bear in mind also that that a number of machine models do not go to full speed spin on a water temperature setting of warm or higher. When checking for high speed spin put your water temperature control down to cold / warm or cold.
Check also that your machine is sitting level ( the bowl is sitting centre in relation to the top shroud. If the bowl is leaning toward the rear of the machine when you look down into it, the ability to spin may be affected. There is a lever behind the bowl which activates a switch if the bowl comes in contact with it (when the wash load is out of balance) to stop the spin. The switch can also be activated when the machine is not level.
If your problem persists you may have to get a replacement main contol unit. If you are a little savey at technical things you may be able to get a discarded control unit from your local tip or recycler and recover the water level sensor for a change over. This may involve soldering though as well as precautions concerning stored electricity in the control unit capacitors and precautions about static electricity from your body or solder iron destroying other electronic components on the main control unit.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 28, 2009

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