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Burning belts The Washing machine belt burned, I replaced it and two days later the new one burned, replaced that one and the same day it too burned. The drum seems to be sticking at the beginning of the spin cycle. It aggitates fine and doesn't stick every time. This is a GE water saver washer/dryer stack unit. Model number unknown.

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Re: Burning belts

Try taking a flashlight and looking very closely at the holes in the tub with a flashgoht to see if a foreign object such as a nail or screw has fallen through one of the holes in the tub and jamming it try to rotate the tub by hand and let me know

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