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Washer agitates but will not spin or drain or fill. I can hear the timer humming but then it stops. I can spin the timer and it does the same thing. Even at the beginning of the cycle when it should fill it agitates then nothing.

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Possible fault in the timer unit as it fails to contact on the program set within . It will be good to have the contacts tigtened , use some degreasing spray to clean the contacts. make sure that the connections to the controller are tight.
If there is no result even after a cleaning it is possible that the timer controller unit is faulty and needs a replacement as it is not locking in unison with the program to the contacts.
replace with the same type, make sure that each connection is market and put in accordingly with a lot of attention and care not to misplace the leads.

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