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Main drive motor does not operate.

We have had this machine 6 years now and it has operated faultlessly.
Until yesterday. At first it appeared only to be agitating with no spin.
However after checking the belt drive and testing the "brake" solenoid out OK I'm pretty sure it was not agitating either i.e. no main motor operation.
Everything else appears to operating OK e.g. water fill solenoids, water level switch and purge pump.
I'm not at all familiar with the motor windings and agitator oscillating systems so can't really diagnose further. I suspect either the Timer Controller unit at $140 replacement or what I take to be a solid state switch which might or might not control motor reversal (oscillation).
Any thoughts anyone.

Thanks

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  • fixrguy May 11, 2010

    need the brand and model of you unit is it a top load or front load have you tried to unplug for 1min then try again it sounds like a lid or door switch could be affecting this

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Does the motor have brushes? If so, look for worn, damaged, or stuck brushes. Also inspect the springs for overheating or collapse.

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