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Drum is stiff to turn

The drum is very stiff to turn even after taking the belt off.
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Why my lg washing machine dryer drum turn by hand to right like jam but left turn free

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Re: drum is stiff to turn

Clothes caught between inner and outer Drum, you have to get it out !good luck eire.

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Error Code & in washing machines..

Error 7 means - “Motor jammed / Drum shaft jammed / Tacho generator fault”

Motor jammed

The first possible fault could be if the motor is trying to turn but the motor is physically jammed. This is likely to be rare. It’s easily tested by opening the door on the washing machine and spinning the drum by hand. If it moves normally and freely it’s clearly not jammed and this is not the fault.

If it is jammed or very stiff then making sure the machine is disconnected from the mains supply you can just take off the drive belt. You can then see if the motor is jammed or not because the shaft where the belt fits wouldn’t be able to be turned by hand.

Drum shaft jammed

This would cause the exact same problem in that the motor is trying to turn but because the drum was jammed it couldn’t. Again, easily tested by turning the drum by hand – if it’s free then it isn’t the fault. If it’s jammed or very stiff, removing the belt will let you determine whether it’s the motor or the drum that’s jammed.

Tacho generator fault

The way a washing machine detects the speed of the motor is via the tacho coil which is the last potential fault listed.

The tacho coil is on the outside of the motor attached to the end opposite the drive belt with 2 thin wires running from it. It’s a small coil that surrounds the shaft of the main armature where a small round magnet is attached. As the armature turns the magnet on the end of the shaft turns inside the coil. It’s then easy for the pcb to count each revolution of the small magnet and work out how many revolutions per minute it is turning.

on Mar 17, 2010 | Washing Machines

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I have a Zanussi ZWX1506W washing machine and have a problem used it yesterday and after about 10mins i could smell a burning smell so turned it off and unloaded it/ drained it etc left it go an hour or so...

There is a tiny possibility that the motor has seized. To test this possibility, remove the top of the machine and take the drive belt off. If the drum now spins easily but you can't turn the motor spindle by hand then the motor has siezed, if the drum is still stiff but you can turn the spindle of the motor by hand then the drum is siezed. A replacenemt motor will probably set you back around £100 ($170) this may make the machine a write off. Worst still, and I'm sorry to say, far more likely is that the main bearings in the drum have broken down and siezed. The smell is from the motor buring out as it tries, and fails to turn the siezed drum (or siezed motor bearings).

Under normal circumstances, to test your bearings, open the door of the machine and by putting a little lifting pressure on the top of the inner drum, attempt to rock the stainless steel inner drum up and down.

The outer drum is mounted on springs and shock absorbers, so it will rock about (and it should do this) but the inner drum should not move up and down in relation to the outer drum. There should be ABSOLUTELY NO PLAY between the 2 drums, even the tiniest amount will mean the bearings have failed. Having said this, if your bearings have siezed, there may be no play in the drum because they are jammed solid.

If the bearings have siezed, then other symptoms that have been leading up to the failure will typically include:

A clonking noise as you lift and release the inner drum (this is the inner drum rattling on its bearings and/or hitting the outer drum), but as I say, with siezed bearings, this may not be the case.

You will have become aware of the spin cycle becoming far noisier recently and possibly even a grinding crunching noise when the machine spins.

When you turn the stiff drum by hand, it may not only be stiff, but you may be aware of a grinding crunching noise that you can also feel transmitting through the drum as you turn it at the same time (the broken bearing catching up on smashed bits as you turn the drum)

A leak from under the machine, which you will probably be able to trace to the back of the machine, coming from the centre of the drum. This is a result of the failing bearing allowing water to escape through the seal at the rear.

If it is the main bearing (and I can't imagine any other cause other than the motor its self seizing) then this is NOT a job for the uninitiated DIY enthusiast as it will mean stripping the machine and removing the drum from the chassis, splitting it, removing pressed in bearings and then sourcing and re-fitting new bearings.

To be frank, the cost of a bearing set (if they are replaceable, and most are) will be about £20 ($30) or so. But it's a long and horrible job if you haven't done it before. I know professionals who claim they can do a bearing change in under an hour, I've done a few and it takes me about 2 hours by the time I

Aug 30, 2011 | Zanussi Washing Machines

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Maytag washer model PAV2300AWW does not spin the clothes adequately and vibrates Is it the belt or Snubber?

Might just be a belt which is real easy to replace, no tools needed:
Take that belt off there and check the stiffness of the pump.
These will lock up or get stiff without even leaking.
If that pump seems fine check to see if the main drive pulley is properly releasing the tub in the direction of spin. Their are 2 marks on the pulley, the drum should release in between the two points. if not then the thrust bearing kit needs to be replaced.

I have a pictorial of that and a service manual HERE


Jan 30, 2011 | Maytag Washing Machines

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Drum of washing machine stiff and clothes don't dry after spin

poss item of clothing under drum take belt off and see if its free to turn if not remove sump hose or element to find wants jamming the drum.

Sep 14, 2009 | Indesit W 123 Front Load Washer

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Front loader noisey


If you remove the belt and turn drum by hand, it should revolve freely and without any noise.

If it is noisy or feels stiff, then you proabably have main drum bearing failure.

Could be expensive to put right

Nov 21, 2008 | Hotpoint Ultima WF860 Front Load Washer

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Drum is stiff

The bearings for the drum have failed and I reccondmend that you either get someone to do it or get yourself another machine.

The bearings can be replaced if your mechanically minded.... however this sort of job is best left to the experts...

Nov 18, 2007 | Zanussi FLE1416W Front Load Washer

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Drum is not easy to turn

clothes caught between inner and outer drum .get them out !!!clothes hanger could be used to fish them out Good Luck Eire

Nov 18, 2007 | Zanussi FLE1416W Front Load Washer

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Maytag performa pye/g2200,3200

when you say the drum wont spin even manually. Do you mean the drum is too stiff to turn by hand? If so the bearings may have seized up solid. If the drum is free to turn by hand, the pump may be blocked, or burned out & not allowing the water out. If so the circiut wont allow the machine to spin. If thats the case, unblock or replace the pump

Oct 20, 2007 | Maytag PAV2300 Top Load Washer

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