When I replaced the coupler, I tapped it in with a hammer and the handle end of a screwdriver as I was following the guy in this video
I'm hesitant to jump the lid switch, with all the WARNING YOU COULD INJURE YOURSELF OR DIE warnings, unless there is a video to view first. Kind of scared of electricity. I went to get a lid replacement switch last week, per JW's help, and the repair tech at the appliance part store listened to my story and washer symptoms and insisted it has to be a bad motor if it hums, smells hot then shuts off. I don't know how to test for sure that it is the motor. JW, per your suggestion, run the motor and tranny with pump on the bench to see if all of that is ok. Is there a video for that? When I took the agitator and tranny out to check the brake cam ear I did notice grease type build up. Is that normal? I didn't know if I should clean it off in case the machine needed it for moving parts.
Maybe I damaged the motor when I replaced the coupler?
Motors are about $160, not worth the cost of replacement. I'd use that amount toward a new machine if need be. I'm about to go buy a new washer (3 kids and clothes piling up or $2/load at the laundry mat). Any suggestions? Are the new HE front loaders really worth the higher ticket price? Anyone know of a screamin' deal on a new machine? I can get a used top loader for $99 locally with a 6 month warranty. Thanks again, and in advance for any further help.