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Timer on washing machine runs through it's cycle but the drive motor never runs. It fills with water but will not agitate or spin. Does not seem to want to drain either. This is a Maytag LAT9700AAW top load washer. I think the timer is bad, but am not sure. Is this a typical failure?

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The lid switch or the lid switch fuse may be bad.
Open the control console to check the switch and fuse located in the center of the machine,behind the control panel.
Also check the belts underneath to make sure they are not broken or stretched.

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