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#1 waianaejohn

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 02:53 PM

this old washer 70's or 80s vintage refused to spin or agitate and smelled of burnt rubber .  The motor turns fine, pump works. The belt to the transmission burned in half from the friction and fell on the ground.   The pump belt is intact. The pulley on the transmission turns by hand in one direction but not in the other (clockwise) direction.    Is the transmission locked up?   Any hope for this unit?  It seemed like it was going to last forever, built like a rock.  thanks   John

 

 



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#2 electro_doc

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 12:18 AM

The transmission turns freely to agitate in the clockwise direction.  In the counter clockwise direction it is a little harder to turn.  As you turn it, it needs to release the brake and turn the washer tub to spin.  If it is hard to turn but in fact does turn and rotate the tub then it is probably ok.  You may just need a new belt.  I'd buy one and install it and see how it goes.  If it doesn't spin, you may have something binding the tub, like a sock that went over the top and got between the inner tub and the outer tub.  Try the belt first and get back to us.  That washer is definitly worth fixing and keeping.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 10:36 PM

Actually, agitate is counter clockwise. Should Turn very easy. Clockwise is spin. If you can't turn, something is blocking tub or tub bearing is locked up. As was mentioned, cod be a sock. Run your fingers between inner tub and top of outer tub, this is where it would be caught if stopping the tub from turning. If you didn't find sock, force pulley clockwise, (you can always turn it to some degree) see if rubber part of tub bearing is moving with the transmission. If it is, your bearing is locked up, rare for this age machine. Late 70's almond colored model.





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