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I accidently washed a large load of laundry without switching from previous small load selection; now washer has burning smell and wont work??

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Probably broke the motor coupling, it's made of rubber and plastic,when machine is out of balance it breaks, if you turn it on agitate or spin and you can hear the motor running but nothing spinning then it has broken, part cost about 20 bucks Try Repairclinic.com

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