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Maytag/Amana top-load washer motor humms but fails to start

Model is ALW880QAW, built by Maytag with parts now from Whirlpool. Motor humms but motor fails to start without my physically turning the drive belt. Motor and capacitor both feel warm soon after the motor starts. Wondering if it's a bad motor, bad capacitor or something clogging the pump, or some combination. Have no service manual. Willing to buy what it takes and attempt the repair(s) if this is do-it-yourself work and parts costs are reasonable or I can return an unused part. I appreciate any help I can get.
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Id start with the start capacitor first. but ive seen a bad pump lock up a unit too. motor switch could be bad if the capacitor does not fix

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