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My washing machine is running throught its programme but once it comes near the end the drum stops turning and then the clothes are dried, it seems to wash the clothes but then doesnt dry them.

Previously there has been a burning smell very occasionally which seemed to have stopped.

I tried to turn the drum but it doesnt turn continously once the machine has stopped and is empty, it clunks a little.

Anyone any ideas on the problem?

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Could be a motor problem or a problem with the drum. If you take off the belt and make sure it's not tangling on anything then try turning the drum again it will tell you which it is. If the drum turns ok without the belt attached it's likely to be the motor but if it's the same then the fault is with the drum or drum bearings.

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Perfect thanks very much will give it a try over the next couple of days.

I thought it could maybe have been the brushes as it seems strange it does turn at the start of the programme but then not to dry the clothes...

Thanks Again

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Ok the belt was broken on this machine, but the other problem is the drum doesnt turn in a smooth motion once the belt is detached, could this be the bearings? it still clunks a little??

Is it worth getting a new belt and trying it or are the bearings gone on the machine?

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Sounds like the belt may have broken because of a problem with the drum. Either something caught inside it or drum bearings collapsing. Checking the drive belt hasn't come off is the first thing I advise to check in my article washing machine drum not turning but your initial post said you thought it turned ok on wash so I ruled it out.

This article has tips on diagnosing drum bearing faults If there's something wrong with the drum it would also explain the burning noise.

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Thanks for the update, it will be useful for others with similar problems.

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