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Old 06-17-2009, 09:02 AM
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Default GE Washer not spinning. Bad motor or transmission?
Model Number: S2100G2WW   Brand: GE   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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I have not prior experience repairing washers. I have a GE S2100G2WW washer that is not spinning during the spin cycle. It is about 2 years old.

I watched it run with the front cover off and observed it agitate and pump water out. When it came to the spin cycle I saw the motor move for a split second and then not do anything. The pump continued to run but the washer did not spin.

From what I have read from different sources online it sounds like it may be the motor or the transmission. I am not sure though, and do not know how to determine what is the problem. I have read that motors can go bad in one direction and not the other. I have also read that one should try turning the transmission pulley by hand to check for resistance. When I turn the pulley it does move, but with a great deal of resistance.

I have priced the motor and transmission and they cost around $150-200 each. I paid $285 for the washer new. Any suggestions?
Thanks.


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Old 06-17-2009, 09:38 AM
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probably the motor coupler. Pull the pump off with the hoses still attached.

Pull the motor.

You will see a 3 peice part called a coupler that attaches the motor to the trans.

Common failure, part has been redesigned with a steel collar.

Costs about 20 bucks.
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As far as I can tell there is no such part as a motor coupler on my washer. The motor connects to the transmission pulley with a belt. The pulley connects to the transmission. The diagram & parts list off this website seems to show it pretty accuratley.

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soory, that that model was a direct drive
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The motor turns runs for a second after that does it hum as if it still has power but can’t turn or does it seem to loose power completely?


Generally speaking if the motor were bad it wouldn’t wash either. I am not saying it can’t be the motor but I wouldn’t suspect it right off.


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