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Burning Smell Just replaced the motor coupler on my machine. During agitation we noticed a burning smell. There wasn't any smoke and the washer seemed to operate normally, however we stopped it as soon as we noticed the smell. The machine hasn't been used in several months. Could this smell be caused by it being in storage (on the patio) for so long? This is a kenmore top-load washer model number 110.29812890

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No check wiring connector at the motor and the capasitor connectoions, lid switch connections

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I'd pull the coupler off again and make sure that the prongs and holes line up correctly. If they weren't aligned when you replaced the coupler, they could be sliding on and rubbing the rubber connector down.

I'd also make sure that the plugs for the motor are correctly in place.

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Drive pulleys The motor or transmission drive pulley may be worn and unable to turn the drive belt. If so, replace the pulley.

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