This has been going on all weekend. I read on one of the posts, that there is usually something stuck in the pump that usually creates the problem. As this was a very steep learning curve for me, I had obtained all the diagrams and tried to educate myself about the workings of the machine.
The original issue still exists- that the washer stopped spinning. The clothes were still wet. I removed the hose from the back and drained the water out (as mentioned on one of the posts).
Now when I try the SPIN ONLY cycle, it seems: the agitator(?) starts, then stops, and there is a soft hum, but no spin. When I tried it with the front open, I noticed the fan on the pump was working. The slight smell seems to be coming from the area of the motor, but I am not sure.
Thanks, in advance for your reply and assistance.