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Drums tries to turn but fails.

The machine was working through its cycle then the sockets in the house tripped.

Put the power back on and the washing machine was trying to turn the drum but to no avail. The drum would kick then the machine would stop trying, wait a few seconds, then try again, fail, then wait, then try again, fail.....

The drum turns by hand no problems.

I guessed the motor.

Took the back off an nothing obvious.

Took the motor out of the machine, took the brushes off, and they are still have 14mm left on them. The armature doesn't look excessively worn.

The machine is 6 years old and average use (2 people in the house and no kids).

Any thoughts / tests I could try? I have a multimeter if that helps?

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  • websites0562 Nov 12, 2009

    Circuit board is intact.

    The tacho on the end of the armature looks secure.

    The main thing that seems to say problem is the fact the house sockets tripped out.

  • websites0562 Nov 12, 2009

    There are no visable problems with the cct board or the tacho.


    Why did the house socket trip though? That is what makes me think of something shorting out. If something was stuck, then this would produce a high current and blow the appliance fuse.

  • websites0562 Nov 12, 2009

    Re-fitted the motor, but didn't put the drive belt on. Switched on the machine and the motor struggled to start to turn. when it did turn, it turned ok.

    The coil resistance is 1.7ohm.

    New motor, armature or brushes? Or all of the above?

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Usually there is a board on the side of the wall of the machine. Check carefully for dry or burned tracks on the board. they either use a relay or possibly a triac etc, Current is fairly high and any bad soldering can create a dry joint. Look for any loose connections leading from the motor to the board. Check the tachometer which normally connects at the bottom end of the motor.Sometimes the magnet comes loose and gives an incorrect signal to the controller. let me know.

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