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Belt Drive Washer: Drum will not spin


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Hi, I hope someone can help on this one. Got an old Whirlpool belt driven washing machine.  I checked the belt and it's on good condition. The belt will spin the shaft without catching in either direction. The drum inside doesn't move when doing this. The water will fill and drain going through the cycles and the agitator works. The motor sounds like it's working while trying to spin, if I have my timing and cycles down right.  I think the big indicator of the problem may be that the drum inside is locked in place. I would use the word seized up. It doesn't seem to want to move either direction nor will it tilt or give to one side or the other as I normally have seen all my life. Any assistance on where to start would be greatly appreciated! Best Regards, Ben

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 I've gone through the self-help pages now as instructed. I also went back to look further. The belt turns freely each way. All three spindles turn freely each way as I pull on the belt. I cannot see any signs of a coin or debris stuck anywhere. However the drum simply will not turn either direction. It will tilt a bit from side to side. It will not give at all one direcdtion and the other it will but with great effort. I could not locate any model number so I uploaded theses pics. It's also a Maytag and not a Whirlpool. lol.

 

 

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Hi. Sorry I don't fix those top loaders so have little experience on them. Will the motor run if you take the belt off? 

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