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My hotpoint wma46 is stopping dead towards the end of thecycle so is not doing any fast spin

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I work on washers and driers alot so maybe I can help.

From what you say, it sounds like this machine is going into a spin cycle (at least for a bit).
The probable repair needed is a inexpensive one although not always easy to do.

Anytime you work on an electrical appliance, make sure it is unplugged to prevent injury.

Remove the front cover using a flat screwdriver. There are two "clips" at the top about 2 inches from sides - (slide the tip of the screwdriver in finding the clip and pull out on the cover).

Once opened, at the bottom of the carriage you will see the motor and pulley system.
You will need to check the tightness of the belt. It should be fairly tight to prevent slippage.
If you see black dust looking stuff all around that area, then the belt has been slipping and is damaged. It should be replaced.
The motor has 4 (7/16") nuts at the bottom and the motor slides for adjustment of this belt.

Note: If you see grease flung in the inside walls of the machine down low, then the transmission gearbox is leaking which will cause operation failure. This is a sign of excessive wear and you should consider replacement of the machine in the near future, as this grease can get inside the machine and contaminate your clothing.

If you find the belt tight and undamaged with no grease anywhere, then the repair gets harder and you may want to consider your repair options.

The transmission in this washer is designed having the motor run one direction for agitate cycle and then it reverses direction to make the spin cycle.
When it reverses, the transmission pulley (large pulley) slides in a plastic "grament or fulcrum" that pulls the transmission shaft down / out (changing gears, so to speak).
This transmission shaft will sometimes "get stuck" after it has aged and will not "change gears".
When this happens, the high speed spin cycle stops functioning as it should.

If your willing to do the work, the "fix" will cost nothing but your time and effort.
You must remove the carriage to where u can sit it up-side-down on a flat surface with the pulleys up.
On the transmission pulley center you will find a plastic snap on cover you need to remove.
Using a pipe wrench, get hold of the plastic "grament or fulcrum" and manually turn it to where it comes out. You may have to apply some force to get it to move.
Once it moves it will free up and start functioning correctly again. Spray (WD-40) lubricant and wet all moving parts inside pulley, then reassemble the washer.

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