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We keep getting an overload motor message and the washer won't activate. What is the most likley cause?

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Sometimes just running a bulky load at a high spin speed will do that, but if that is not the only time it happens, then replace the Hall sensor. It is a small part cliped onto the stationary coils of the motor. Unplug machine. Remove back cover. Remove large bolt in center of motor rotor. Pull rotor off. Remove metric bolts from stationary coils to remove coils. Unplug electric connectors from coils and Hall sensor. Unclip Hall sensor from coils. Reverse process to install new sensor. (note: sensor itself has 5, 7, or 10 year warranty, depending on when the unit was manufactured, but is not that expensive anyway) Other much more unlikely causes could be a bad motor stator, rotor, wire connecting motor to control board, plug in of wire at motor or board, board itself, or the shaft of the "spider" loose from the rest of the spider. (three arms of spider attach to the back of the inner wash drum)

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