First of all, I have searched around on your forum and am very impressed. Thank you for providing such a great source of information. I did find a posting about removing the front panel which was helpful.
I am helping a neighbor (95 years old) with her wash machine problem. She washed a load today and the washer began to smoke. It was unplugged when I arrived.
I removed the cover and manually reached under the unit to check the belts as I thought the smoke may have been caused by broken, slipping belts. They turn freely and appear to be in good shape. (This washer may be 20 years old but a single woman of old age---low usage.
The clothes sere removed but water remains in the tub. After a couple of hours I plugged in the unit and put it on the spin cycle to remove water from the tub and see if the smoke would appear again.
After only a few seconds smoke poured from inside the motor. It appears to be burned up. I unplugged the washer again. When I manually turn the belts the motor does turn so it is not siezed but looks charred inside. So I'm guessing a replacement is needed.
From the links I've found from this site it looks like that motor is about $130 but out of stock. I may be able to obtain one locally.
To the question(s).......
Is this common? Do you think there is something else that is putting stress on the motor that prevents it from working properly? As I mentioned, when I manually move the belts the motor moves freely. I was going to remove the motor and released the springs on the rocker mechanism which was a mistake because now I have to get that open to reconnect the springs.
After looking at schematics of this model it appears as though I need to tip the washer back and remove the motor by removing four screws from underneath? Am I correct? Also, I made a diagram of where wiring harness wires were connected to the switch. Will a new motor have the switch attached or will I have to remove the present switch and attach to a new motor?
The washer is very clean inside---especially for one that is 20 years old.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.