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Dear Andy,

Thank you for this site. I live on a small island in the Hebrides and professional help is sparse and sporadic. My Hoover WA110 washing machine filled up with water at the very beginning of the cycle, but as soon as motion began the drum revolved very erratically. I was told by a passing electrician that it's probably the brushes. I have removed the back of the washing machine, removed the drive belt and taken out two of the motor holding bolts. Is there a third unseen or can I now prise off the motor and get at the brushes? Or is this a mistake?

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These days, the motors (on plastic tubs) are usually held by bolts on the right side, but just slot over a sleeve on the tub on the left side. So once the bolts are removed on one side the motor should push forward and come off (some motors may be mounted so that they come away by pulling towards you).

Also, on these washing machines you can gain access to the carbon brushes by laying the washing machine down on its back and working from underneath. Which method is easiest may be a matter of preference but I usually work from underneath - with the washing machine unplugged of course :-) ( Related link: buy washing machine carbon brushes )

Having said that, the symptoms of worn carbon brushes are usually that the motor stops revolving altogether, or revolves half-heartedly, often accompanied by a crackling or grating sound. Of course a motor not revolving at all can also be caused by many other things, which is why diy repairs can be more trouble than they are worth if you don't really know what you are doing.

( Related: Washing machine won't spin or drum won't go round )

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