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My 1998 GE washer was spinning off balance, i went to shut it off but it stopped spinning and now wont spin anymore in spin cycle

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Sounds like the balance weights come off, and when this happens there is a switch that get tripped to stop it destroying itself, problem must be remedied before it will restart

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