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My washer will not aggitate,it smells like rubber burning.It spins just not agitates

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Hello,The problem might be due to the motor is trying to run and can't or doesn't start or the motor is running but the belt broke and so it is not transferring any power.You will need to take a look and see which is the case.
Motors and belts can be challenging to repair so be warned if you are attempting the fix yourself. It does depend on the machine some are harder than others....

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Posted on May 28, 2010

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Hi the problem will be the belt has become streched dont keep trying to use the machine as this will cause the motor to fail usually it is the back of the machine that will need to come off once this is off you will see how the belt comes off it is really easy to do and most people who can use spanners can do this with no problem.
I would say it is the back that comes off the best thing to do is take the belt off and take it to repair shop so they can order you the correct belt.
Make sure you get the correct make and model number as their are several different belts for this make of washer.
Let me know if you need anymore help ill be glad to help

Posted on Dec 04, 2007

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SOURCE: There is a burning rubber smell when agitating

likely the belt is loose or coupling is failed.


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