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Washer agitates for a time then sputters. Does not spin

My washer is a GE Model# WLE4000B1WW. It starts agitating in the wash cycle fine until 3 minutes left to go. Then it starts knocking and clicking and flipping out. In a 6 min wash, it runs fine for 3 mins, in a 9 min wash, it runs fine for 6 mins etc. It will continue to run very loudly until the cycle ends. My washer has speed settings and I thought it was either a switch or controller failing when changing speeds. Also, in the spin cycle, it starts spinning with a lot of knocking and clicking, then the motor shuts down. Clothes end up soaked. I?ve changed the control board and nothing changed. Something is causing the motor to draw a lot of current at the same time in the cycle. Questions that need answering?.does the motor change speed or direction in the last 3 minutes of the wash cycle? It seams like the spin direction is opposite the agitate direction?is that true? What checks can I do to diagnose this problem? Thanks for your help,

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In sounds to me like you have a motor issue. We have found that on these particuliar models, that the motor tries to run in both speeds at the same time. If you already replaced the control board, then you will have to get a new motor kit. This kit includes directions as well as a new wiring harness and start capacitor. You would have to remove the old motor and rewire the wiring harness (instructions included with the kit) and add the new start capacitor (instructions also included). Job is'nt really that hard to do. Front cover would be all you would need to remove to get to all the parts. Good luck and let me know how it turns out or if you need any additional help. Jim

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