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I have a Maytag Epic Z MHWZ400TQ01, purchased August 2008. Just 2 seniors at home. Saturday night after a load on Rapid Wash it made a noise and I noticed it was not spinning. I kept looking at it and made some more clunking-metal noises. The drum was not moving. I opned the bottom pannel and found the belt laying there. There were threads of the belt on the motor drive. I bought a new belt and plan to install it tonight. Is ther anything I should be concerned with? What's the normal life of this $60 belt?

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Your shift indicator is just a cable that runs from your shifter you will have to remove the steering wheel and access the cable to take a closer look there should be an adjunct on the unit if not then replace the cable or shifter. There could be an issue with the shifter and cable on the side of the transmission.

You can though try fixing it by your own…for that remove all the plastic around the steering wheel so that you can view underneath it to locate the mechanical assembly. May be you will find any broken plastic retainer which holds the electric cable. Re-connect the cable to its connector and secure it in place with multiple rubber "o-rings”. You have to check the size of the “o –rings”.

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Please follow the points bellow to diagnose what could be wrong other than the broken belt.

1. Firstly and most commonly it could be that your motor brushes have worn out, and the motor is not turning. It is a simple task to check your brushes just remove them from the motor and look at the end of the carbon if it is very black and burnt it will need replacing and your machine will spin again. The picture below shows how a new brush looks with a long carbon part, and how a worn brush will look with a very short carbon part. On the very odd occasion if the carbon has worn very low it can short circuit the motor and blow a segment out of the armature, if this is the case a new motor is required.
2. This ones fairly obvious, The drive belt could be broken or has come off. Best way to test for this is to turn the drum by hand and if it turns very freely with no resistance and no motor noise then the belt is at fault. If the drum is stiff to turn then you probably have a sock stuck between the drum and tub assembly, in this case you will have to call an engineer.

3. If you still have water in the drum at the end of the wash cycle then you either have a blocked filter or your drain pump has failed. Firstly check your filter (if fitted) if that is not the problem switch your machine onto spin and if the pump is at fault you will hear a faint hum, if this is the case your pump will need replacing.
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The picture above is of the most common type of drain pump used on washing machines and dishwashers. One other reason is if your drain hose goes to a spout under the sink check it to see if it is blocked as this will also cause the problem.

4. This one is VERY common to more modern machines that are run by electronics (most machines of 6 years or less). This problem arises when you try to spin one item on its own ie: bath mat, dressing gown ect, you will find that all the water has gone but it has not spun, this is because all modern machines use electronics to run all programs and they measure the drum speed very accurately to stop it doing an unbalanced spin. If you ever have this problem simply open the door and put a large dry bath sheet in with the load and spin it again, you should find it now spins OK.

5. Some electronic speed control modules suffer from poor manufacture and the soldering around the relays can burn thus creating a bad contact and eventually an open circuit. If you are lucky and good with a soldering iron you can clean up the joint and resolder it to repair the module. Machines known for this fault are: Hoover Performa, Indesit machines, Ariston, and some older Whirlpool machines. Most modules are located at the lower back of the machine.
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Please check this links for installing washing machine belt…

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