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Washer Problem - Fills but doesn't start wash cycle.

I replaced the lid switch, then about four loads later I had the following problem: The washer fills, but then won't continue to the wash cycle. A faint noise could be heard indicating the machine was trying to wash. A Burning smell ensued, so we stopped the washer. We moved timer to spin cycle and it then drained and spun. Hope someone can help. Thank-you.

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Your model is a direct drive washer. It's very possible that after 4 loads your motor overheated. This could be the result of something passing through or caught in your pump at that time. If your coupler was broken, you would be able to drain but not spin. Let the machine cool down and see if it returns to normal.

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You got a broken clutch and is ease to replace, tilt the washer to the floor with the motor in the upper position, remove the motor(two litettle scews) and remove the clucht(you will see it, is a small ruber pices) go and by a new($12.00us) one and replace it, replace the motor and thath is...good luck...

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