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Spin cycle When the machine goes into spin mode the motor does not turn and there is a smell of electical burning. The motor operates fine in the other modes forward/reverse.Our model is a wma 30 not a 42

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Re: spin cycle - Hotpoint Aquarius WMA56 Front Load Washer Washing Machines

Check motor brushes.

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