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The timer contacts for start current may be blown open, amprobe would confirm. If the cover will come off the timer, just check for burnt contacts.
I edited my previous post and included a picture. Any help with the contact on the picture being my problem would be great. I now own a VOM. If I could be pointed in the right direction I could possibly do laundry tonight....

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Looks like you need to replace the water level switch, the spade terminal to it, and the plastic tubing to it. The hum was probably from the water solenoid and not the motor. A failure of the start current from the timer would have tripped the breaker in the house electrical panel.
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Looks like you need to replace the water level switch, the spade terminal to it, and the plastic tubing to it. The hum was probably from the water solenoid and not the motor. A failure of the start current from the timer would have tripped the breaker in the house electrical panel.
there's definitely a hum from the motor, it won't start. it will however start when I manually do it, spin it that is. I have to hold on the lid switch and have it set properly and it just hums in till I manually spin
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Most probably a bad timer as I said before.
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Most probably a bad timer as I said before.
Can you tell me or point me to what the timer is. What seems like a timer in mine looks fine. Where can I put ohm meter to test these parts? Also the pressure switch is discontinued? So I am just out of luck?
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Bought a new capacitor. Still hums. Will start spinning once I manually spin it. Will NOT start itself??? WHAT THE HECK!!! Brand new motor, brand new capacitor.
The motor has 3 windings, 2 run windings and 1 start winding. It is not getting power to the start winding either due to faulty wiring/connections or timer.

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The motor has 3 windings, 2 run windings and 1 start winding. It is not getting power to the start winding either due to faulty wiring/connections or timer.

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Is there any way someone can tell me to check the timer???

and what problems can the pressure switch incur???
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With timer set to normal wash cycle when it should be agitating, check for continuity on the timer terminals (24 terminal block) between the Yellow and Blue wires, and between the Red and White/Black wires. The Red and Yellow wires are the feed to the motor start winding. With timer set to spin cycle, you should have continuity between the Yellow and White/Black wires and between the Red and Blue wires. That's the reverse of agitate. Reversing the feed to the start winding reverses the direction of rotation of the motor. Obviously, do these checks with the power off.

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With timer set to normal wash cycle when it should be agitating, check for continuity on the timer terminals (24 terminal block) between the Yellow and Blue wires, and between the Red and White/Black wires. The Red and Yellow wires are the feed to the motor start winding. With timer set to spin cycle, you should have continuity between the Yellow and White/Black wires and between the Red and Blue wires. That's the reverse of agitate. Reversing the feed to the start winding reverses the direction of rotation of the motor. Obviously, do these checks with the power off.

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Bought a brand new timer. Still won't spin. I have the motor out of the machine and am holding the lid switch closed it just hums still. Brand NEW

MOTOR, CAPACITOR, and TIMER! what else could this be??????
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Faulty wiring or connections. The wires to the start winding are red and yellow. The red goes to two different terminals on the timer as does the yellow wire. Same goes for the blue wire and the white/black wire. This is the feed to the timer. You'll need to trace these wires to find out where their junction points are and check continuity on them as well as a good visual inspection. If you can spin the motor shaft while it's humming and it starts running normally, it's because it isn't getting power to the start winding. BTW, don't let that motor sit there and hum for long as it's drawing a lot more current that way.

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