Re: Can hear the motor running but the tub does not turn.
This model of washer does not have a belt, but it does have a coupler between the motor and the transmission. To check the coupler and see if it's okay you'll need to remove the case (the case is both sides, the front, and the top. They all come off as one piece.). To remove the case, locate the 2 screws on each side of the control console. On older machines these are located on the front and on newer machines these are located on the back. The screws are Phillips and go in at an angle. Loosen these screws but don't remove them completely. There are keepers to hold these screws in place. When loosened enough you should be able to flip the control console up and backwards so that it is out of the way. Next you should unplug the lid switch which is located either near the center or the left side of the washer top. Next, use a large flat blade screw driver to press inward and pry out the 2 brass spring clips that hold the case in place. After doing that, the case should be free and you can remove it.
Next you want to move the water pump out of your way. The pump is near the floor in the center of the washer and has 2 black rubber hoses going to it. Use a flat blade screw driver to pry off the metal clips that hold it onto the motor. When you remove the clips, just grab the pump and pull it towards you. Move it over to the left and use something to keep it out of your way.
Next you'll need to remove the motor. First you should unplug the harness going to the motor. On most models there is also a capacitor located on the right side of the motor. Be careful to only grab the plastic on the wires when you unplug them so you don't shock yourself. On some models there is an additional 2 wire harness that controls the 3rd speed on the motor, unplug this also. Next, remove the screw in each of the 2 clips that hold the motor on. Use a flat blade screw driver to remove the lower clip first then put your hand under the motor and hold it while you remove the second clip. Be careful because the motor is heavy and you don't want to drop it or smash your hand. You can use a glove here for extra protection.
Once you remove the motor you should be able to access the motor coupler. One half is on the transmission and the other half is on the motor. You should also see a rubber isolation grommet that goes in between each half of the coupler. Visually inspect all 3 pieces of the coupler for damage. If you need to replace it, use part number 285753A.
Reassemble the machine and test for proper operation.
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Hi, A guess, sounds like you are hearing the motor running but no tub belt as it is probably broke. If you are asking then you probably don't know how to fix it so you should call a repairman. Or the tub guides are wore out either way a repairman can help.
I understand based on your post you have a GE topload washer, model EWA5600G, correct ?
The most common problem which manifest in the manner you've described is the lid switch. I don't know what you've done aside from what you mentioned, "Tub spins freely, belt is on, motor is not running." but I'd suggest checking the switch.
The motor should only come on in the spin cycle if no water is present...if it is indeed full of water and ready to cycle then it will come on as well.
If you do not have motor action present at anytime no matter where the cycle is, I'd be suspicious of the lid switch. Have you tried by-passing the lid switch and testing it in spin ?
As you can see there are many possible scenario's that may prevent the motor from operating, a timer, a lid switch, a pressure switch and of course the motor itself. That's getting ahead of things though.
Let me know what results from by-passing the lid switch and perhaps that will get us moving forward again. Good luck.
The easiest way to install a new belt for a GE washer of your model is like putting on a bike chain.
**First unplug the unit.**
Then remove the front panel if you haven`t already.
Now rap the belt around one side of the motor pulley then get it started on the drive pulley. Hold the belt in place while spinning the drive pulley (watch your finger`s the edges are sharp and when the belt slips on it`s very tight...pinching could occur) and the belt should slip in place. You don`t remove the motor or even loosen it, it`s not necessary.
This sounds like the drive belt may have snapped off. It's usually located on the bottom of the washer. If you're able, tilt the washer on its side and recover the broken belt. It usually connects from the drive motor to the tensioner, then to the transmission. Take the belt to your local appliance parts store so they can match it up with a replacement. You may want to copy down the actual model and serial numbers down so the parts counter can provide a more accurate and exact replacement. Please let me know if you need any further help with this.
There is a fusable link that is known to blow. The replacement is available. Open the front access panel, Remove the tape from the wires that are taped together near the top of the wiring harness,about 3/4 of the way up. You will see a wire that is covered with shrink wrap (White with Red stripe I think) Cut it out, check for open circuit with an ohm meter. If it is open, (no continuity) Replace it. I used a regular piece of wire as a jumper for testing till I got the new fuse. The fuse kit I got comes with 2 of these fusable links. One is for a spare.
I doubt this has an rear access panel to see the belt clearly, if you rotate the tub manually then you will hear the motor spin if belt is attached , if tub will not turn at all you may have clothing stuck under tub, fish around under the rubber flap.
you can just barely see the belt if you remove the top, and bottom access panels. it is more likely that the motor has burned out the brushes in the motor because the lights are dimming. the way to access the motor fully is to remove the top panel, bottom front panel, remove front control panel , front door and panel. mark any wires you disconnect, then pull the whole tub out and forward.
now if this model gives you a rear access panel you are blessed.
the motor will be hard to turn if the brushes are burned , take them out (watching orientation) they will be worn down or damaged , clean out the motor and look at brush surface is the copper clean and no giant pits or burned damage that will interrupt the flow. blow it out clean and wash it with wd40 to clear out the debris.
if you find the motor in good shape then the ccu (computer control unit is faulty.) likely the relays are having a solder joint issue on the mother board or the relays are burned /pitted.
You ;listed it as an Amana, but said it is a GE. I will give you direcions for a GE. If its not, let me know. First, be sure the unit is unplugged and water line is off. Underneith the motor, down right above the belt, you will see 4 nuts that hold the motor to the mounting plate. Remove these nuts, then slide the belt off. Lift the motor slightly, then aim the top of the motor back towards the middle of the unit. Keep tilting and moving the motor backwards until the clutch clears the mounting plate. Slide the motor now towards you and remove. Replace motor following any new instructions that come in the package. Good luck, and let me know if you need further instructions.