My washing machine has stopped spinning a few days ago. Is there something I can do?
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I just encountered this (won't spin) problem and was helped by a very courteous repairman. The machine set for several days between uses, my wife then decided to wash a load. It went through the agitation cycle fine, but when it came time for it to spin, all that happened it the motot kicked in and it started to smell hot. I checked to see if it was a belt and found that both belts were fine. I then called the shop were I bought the unit and talked to the repairman. He had me remove both belts, and check to see if the center pulley would turn. I could turn it clockwise, but not CCW. I then inserted a screwdriver into the pulley to act as a lever and pulled sharply. The drum broke loose and I was able to turn it. It seems that the upper bearing on the shaft becomes corroded from water leaking into the bearing. The machine is about 5 years old. I turned the timer to spin and it did not move, however, I had taken off the front cover. ( There are two clips on the bottm which hold the front cover in place. These need to be pried open to release the front. The cover is then raised to about 45 degrees and it will slip off) by pulling on the motor I could get the tub to spin. I ran it through the spin cycle several times to loosen up that bearing and it works fine. I do have to make sure the unit is used every day or two to prevent the unit from siezing up.
The repair for this problemm is rather expensive so I will be looking to replace this machine in short order. However,thanks to the repairman for leading me through this while he was on the phone. This is the one advantage of buying a unit from a full service dealer.
Posted by WFD 1/25/07
Re: my earlier response about the noisy machine during spin cycle
It turns out to be a severly rusted spin bearing as I suspected. Evidently the seals under the tub leaked some water into the bearing. The rust created locked up the bearing until I manually turned the basket from the top. It was quite a job to get to the bearing: removed the top panel, basket cover ring, agitator and basket (pull really hard); removed the plastic nut(destroyed it) and seal assembly from the drive shaft inside the tub (made a special tool for this (a 2"x10" plate with two holes)); removed the tub( 4 screws inside, about 6 outside, and two hoses); removed the metal disk cone-shaped plate above the transmission ; and removed the bearing assembly from the plate.
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