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Unable to use ZJ1217, start/pause flashing

I have a zanussi ZJ1217 washing machine, today it stopped mid cycle and refused to spin. Drained it , cleaned filter and reset the programs and now it won't enter any program the start/pause light simply flashes after the soap draw has water go in it.

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  • krystan Oct 02, 2009

    I can open it only if I switch the machine off and then set the machine to drain (if there is water in it).

    I must then switch the machine off again and upon switching it back on the door will release.

    I cannot open the door when it is full of water or in a cycle.


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Are you able to open the door ?if so door interlock switch could be at fault

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    Gerry Harvey Oct 02, 2009

    After the machine has filled the washing should start, if this is not the case then chance of motor not operating, you could check belt 1st then motor brushes , after some 4 years they will be about dead,hope this helps you ..


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