Originally Posted by fairbank56
That's a sloppy install job by the GE technician. The capacitor and relay are not part of your original washer. It was required and added at the time of the installation of your new motor. He should not have wrapped the harness around the tub support rod like that. That rod gets a LOT of movement during agitation mode. The top of the relay should be facing upwards to protect the terminal connections from any water splashover from the tub. Anyway, good job on getting that fixed. No need for any donation. Always glad to help a DIY'er get their washer repaired. Especially those like yourself who have a clue what they are doing.
I stand corrected on thinking the factory did this botchery. I figured the wiring was installed that way at the factory to make sure it didn't get near the blades of the exposed water pump that is directly beneath the capacitor. I'd love to see a photo of a factory installation --- if the capicator, relay and water pump are in the same proximity --- to see how they did the wire routing yet stayed away from the pump fan while allowing sufficient wire harness movement without putting a strain on anything. I wrapped the wiring harness around the rod similar to the way I found it --- I just made sure the wires to the capacitor did not carry any weight, and kept the capacitor from rotating by taping it to the harness from the top of the washer. Now that I know what a mess I really had, I'd like to redo the wire routing while it's on my mind, and totally unwrap the wiring harness from the support rod ... if that is the intended method. Do you have a photo of a GE washer that shows that routing?