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Washer will not agitate, took belts off and it will only spin one way.

Is it normal without the belt on that the drum will only spin one way... I'm no expert but i was thinking it should spin both ways freely without the belt. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks

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  • nenarekd Feb 04, 2008

    We just went out and bought a new one... we have 4 kids one of them a baby plus i'm remodeling our upstairs so i didn't have ample time to fix this... Thank you very much for your help though!

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Only one direction seems fine. On some machines there is a solinoid connected to a lever that either disengages or engages the drum brake to keep the drum from rotating during agitation. Some units reverse the motor direction when agitating and spinning. (one direction for spin the opposite for agitation. Most generally when the motor works in only one direction, say it spins fine but not agitating the culpret is the control dial. There are several combinations of electrical connections that must all make to go from one cycle to the next. On some other models there is a plastic cog that is moved by the solinoid to make the change. Without other info such as make and model, I can't really be sure how to tell you to diagnose the problem..The main thing is one direction is probably right on the turn question.

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