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Smoking Kenmore Washer

While running a load the washer started smoking (burning rubber). I took off the front and removed the belt. Belt was cooked at the motor pully. Motor and tensioner seem to turn fine, I fear it is the trans. The trans pully will turn clockwise by itself, counterclockwise it turns the whole transmission. The drum will turn ccw but not cw. A tag states the trans is not rebuildable. Questions: 1) Is it the trans? 2) Can or should the trans be rebuilt? 3)How tough is it to R&R the trans and where can I get a step by step to do so? Kenmore Model 417.90802990 Washer/Dryer
Thanks, John

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    We are having the same problem. Went to do a load in the washer and it sounds like it is spinning, but it is not moving at all. There is a strong smell of burnt rubber. How long does the factory warranty the product? This is the second unit we have had, same model. The first one we sent back because the dryer caught on fire.

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