I quickly killed power, unplugged it, turned the dial to off and threw the lid open... smoke roiled out. The tub had not drained. I opened windows and used fans to clear the basement. The stench was incredible! I thought it was electrical fire smell, but now think it might be rubber, perhaps from the belt.
I pulled the lower panel off and didn't notice any obstructions or any damage. Everything appeared clean and intact. I was able to move the pulleys, tensioner and belt fairly easily. The and pulley grooves and belt seemed ok. I am able to deflect the belt by pressing on it: it is neither loose or super tight. I think I replaced the belt last year....but, my wife runs the crap outta the washer. There is definitely some belt dust.
I decided to run it through the rest of the cycle and watched it the entire time (laying on the floor with safety glasses, a flashlight and a HEPA mask): it seemed fine.
I checked for obstructions between the inner and outer tub by pulling the top ring off and agitator out, and there was nothing there. Could there be something between the inner/outer tub but under the inner tub? Not sure how to get the inner tub out.
I am now very nervous about this machine! Any ideas as to what could be wrong?
Bob (sipping a Michelob...yeah, kinda whimpy, but I'm a cheap date)
Edited by Bob, 17 November 2011 - 02:57 PM.