Question about Washing Machines
Doesn't seem to be the belt. It can be the motor even if only the spin cycle is affected?
When it does it only in the spin cycle:
Either bearing or motor.
Best thing to do is: Open the back up and put it in a regular cycle. See if the back of the drum has a lot of play.
take off the belt and feel if there is a lot of play in the shaft of the drum. If not and it moves freely with no grinding sound it is your motor.
Posted on Jun 15, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Hello Deanna - This particular issue could be caused by a variety of reasons. I would suggest trying the following steps:
1) Verify a circuit breaker isn't tripped
2) Advance the timer control dial slowly 360 degrees-
If the washer starts spinning, then that means the motor and drive belt are fine but that there is something wrong with either the timer control dial or the agitator solenoid. Call in a professional for this.
If the washer doesn't budge, then verify that the drive belt(s) is attached and not broken by removing the back panel. If the belt is broken, replace it. If it is loose, then tighten it by loosening up the bolt holding the motor and moving it on its swingarm (much like a car alternator) until there is a 1/2 to 3/4 inch deflection in the belt.
Some washers use reversing motors. It's possible the motor works on the spin cycle but not on the wash cycle. If so, call a pro.
3) Visually inspect the lid safety switch- Is it loose or cracked? If so, the washer might work intermittently, stopping at different cycles.
4) Check motor and drive belt- Remove the main access panel (usually in the back). Is the motor spinning, but the drive belt isn't? If so, then you have a drive belt problem.
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