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Washing machine belt won't move

My washing machine belt started to smoke during the spin cycle. I got a new belt and it seems as if the pulley coming out of the motor is spinning very well but it will not turn the belt. When I grabbed the belt I found that the belt will not move in the direction that the pulley is spinning. Why is that? Is the transmission messing up? The belt will move by hand only in one direction, and not the same direction as the pulley.

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You probably have bad spin tube bearings. Look above transmission for a water leak or evidence of one.

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