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Washer knocks half way thru wash cycle and never gets going in spin cycle

My washer starts washing fine until 3 minutes left to go. Then it starts knocking and clicking and flipping out. In a 6 min wash, it runs fine for 3 mins, in a 9 min wash, it runs fine for 6 mins etc. It will continue to run very loudly until the cycle ends. My washer has speed settings and I'm thinking it is trying to switch speeds during the wash cycle and either a switch or controller is failing. Also, in the spin cycle, it starts spinning with a lot of knocking and clicking, then the motor shuts down. Clothes end up soaked.

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  • mcefaretti Aug 28, 2007

    Sorry, new to this. It's a top load GE

    GE Model# WLE4000B1WW

  • mcefaretti Aug 28, 2007

    I appreciate your comments. I have had this washer for 5 years and my wife uses it quite hard. I haven't had any problems thus far and I can replace parts myself if I can be sure that what I'm replacing will fix the problem at hand. A control board is how much....$90?

    A new washer is just not in the cards right now because I am moving into a new house right now and things are tight. Are there any checks I could do to be sure it's the control board? As I said in my description, that's what it has to be since it is going crazy at the same point in the cycle everytime. Could it be a motor issue?

    Thanks for your help!!

  • mcefaretti Aug 30, 2007

    Well, I changed out the control board and to my dismay, the problem still exists. I'm at a loss. Is it the motor or the transmission? With changing the control board, I'm committed to fixing the thing now. It was a costly mistake.


    Any suggestions?

  • mcefaretti Sep 05, 2007

    I am still hunting for a solution if there is anyone that can help me.


  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    goes thru cycles fine untill it gets to spin, then it spins then stops after awhile approx 1-2 minutes spins again for a minute or two then shuts down so on & so on eventually gets thru cycle an continues on



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What kind of washer and do u have a model #

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    Mike Johnson Aug 28, 2007

    Frist dont want to blow your mind .. but G.E. is a very undependable washer...

    sounds like u may have a control board problem..

    my oppinion is to get whirlpool made washer kenmore, roper ect.... If mine I would not put a dime in one I just dont think there worth repairing... exspecially IF have to have pay someone to come out to make the repair.

    but thats just my oppinion.. like butts everyone has one... :0)

  • Mike Johnson
    Mike Johnson Aug 28, 2007

    Thats all i can think of.. you say it runs fine for 3 min 6 min ect..

    if it was the motor seems to me would do from beginning.. most motors will just quit on there overload.. overheated, ect. when there is a problem but

    I cant think of anything else from what u discribed...

    If and when u do go for a new one .. I would stay clear of ge and try for maual controls and stay away for circuit board controls. If possible.


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I'm not that familiar with GE but most washers will start draining before or when they spin. If there is something caught in the drain pump it could make a lot of noise. Can you hook up the motor separately to 120v? Maybe try that.

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