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Sounds like you have a broken belt, or the belt may have slipped off the motor pulley, or idler arm pulley.
If your machine is a front loader, then if you remove the front of the machine this will expose the drum and belt. You can then remove the drum and this will expose the drum rollers, motor, and idler arm with pulley.
While you got the machine apart, go ahead and check you drum rollers to make sure they are in good condition. Also lubricate the shaft of the drum rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in one Oil, this will save you some problems later.
I hope this helps
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
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This could be an easy fix if the counter weight came loose from the top of the tub shell which is a common problem. Pull the unit out from the wall and removed the back panel to inspect the counter weight, spider pulley and belt. If the counter weight is not broke you can reattach it to tub shell and retighten the bolts. If it is broke it is about $30.00 plus shipping. Inspect the spider pulley which is attached to the tub with the belt around it. If it is not broken, you can turn the pulley by hand to check the tub bearings for free movement. Make sure the belt is in good shape and attached to the motor spindle and spider pulley. If the spider pulley is broken you may have to order a new pulley. If you have to remove the spider pulley you may want to use a gear puller from an auto parts store to remove the pulley. The belt is easily replaced once you know the below procedure:
1. Place the belt around the center of the motor pulley stretching the belt to the spider pulley leaving no slack in the belt.
2. Keeping the slack out of the belt, place the belt on the outside rim of the spider pulley as much as the belt tension will allow you to do so.
3. Keep the tension on the belt and slowly rotate the spider pulley counter clockwise until the belt is completely on the spider pulley.
Rotate the spider pulley several times to make sure the belt stays in the center of the spider pulley. If the belt is not centered after several revolutions you need to remove the belt and reinstall it after moving the ribs of the belt on the motor pulley in the direction which centers the belt. If it was my unit I would fix it unless you have to replace the outer tub shell (approximately $300.00 for parts only).
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