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My washer, A612S, does everything correctly but SPIN in the spin cycles. Both belts underneath are fine. The motor pulley spin fine when in the spin cycle, but the belt doesn't. When I turn it off (pull/push the selector knob), the tub pulley spins fine. When I turn it back on, it freezes up.... almost like the brake (if it has one?) is ON when it should be off, and off when it should be on! You start to smell the belt burning. I don't see a solenoid for a brake (like my old Norge had)... maybe the brake is part of the transmission? Like I said, everything else works (agitates fine, water come in and goes out fine...knobs moves thru all the cycles), it just doesn't spin. Any ideas??? Thanks Jim

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  • wq2121 Jul 18, 2011

    I would agree if the tub pulley was frozen all the time, but the only time it freezes up is when the washer is on. When the washer is off, the tub pulley under the machine turns freely! That is what is so weird about this issue!



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The brake it the drum directly above the transmission pulley it is not intergrated into the trans.
in my almost 30 years of repairs in that old and very reliable machine i would find where a article of clothing and floated over the inner tub and has wedged itsefl between the inner and outer tub, their is enough clerance between the tub and tub cover where you could get finger into it and run it around the tub and feel if a piece of clothing is caught. if that isnt the problem then the tub bearing is ceased up and would require repalcing it and the tub seal

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  • wq2121 Jul 18, 2011

    I would agree, if the pulley for the tub underneath the machine was frozen all the time. I checked, no clothing stuck between tub and tub shell. When the machine is off, that pulley turns freely. As soon as I push/pull the knob and the machine is on, that pulley ceases up. I think the brake must be in the pulley, as it is a HUGE pulley and maybe a clutch inside of it. There is no drum directly above the pulley.. the transmission is directly above it. Hope this helps. I could send pictures if it helped...JIm
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    Gene Meier Jul 18, 2011

    can the trans. pulley be turned both directions? its can be turned by hand with the belt removed by turning it one direction it will be in the agitate mode and when turned the other direction itwill spin.their is no clutch and thanks for offering the pictures but i know it very well having been a appliance service tech for so very long



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