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    Default Weak motor?

    GE Washer
    Model: wcse3100a1ww

    Complaint on this washer was smoking when it went to drain with full tub of water.

    It drains okay, but I noticed right before it started spinning there was a little smoke coming from the motor. I put a load in it and let it wash. I did notice the motor seemed to get hot. The clutch is not hot.

    Last time I checked it with the load in it, the motor started smoking and was very hot, too hot put your knuckles against it. I turned it off before it could start spinning if it was even going to that timeI thought maybe a weak or bad capacitor or weak motor or bad tranny.

    There drawing of this washer does not show a capacitor. It looks like someone has put a new belt on it, so I don't think it is the belt slipping.

    Any way of telling if it is the motor or the transmission? Any other suggestions on what it might be?

    Thanks.

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    but I noticed right before it started spinning there was a little smoke coming from the motor.
    Before the motor actually started up for the spin?

    Any way of telling if it is the motor or the transmission?
    Manually turn the belt, one direction is agitation and other direction is spin...if these occur with little or no binding the tranny is likely ok.
    I'd also check the current or amp draw of the motor, might be drawing too much current and that is why the motor is getting so hot.

    The replacement motor is one of those kits...

    Weak motor?-drive-motor-wh49x10035-00832014-jpg 2 Speed motor & clutch kit

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    Yes, just a little before it starts to spin.
    I have another motor. I figure I will end up changing and hope it is a good one.
    I will turn the pulley by hand before I do that.

    Thanks

    Update: The tranny seemed to okay when spun by turned by hand, but i the shaft may have a excess play where the block goes.

    I took the belt off the motor and ran it in spin. Every now and then it would make a clunk sound until it wen into full high speed spin.
    When I put the bellt back on I could hear a banging like sound. I think I traced to the tranny shaft. I took the agitator and block out and it sounded better.

    The shaft aside, I do not understand the clunking sound when there is nothing attached to the motor. Is this machine supposed to start in a slow spin then go inti hught spin?

    Once when I was running it yesterday, the agitator came off and I pushed it back down to make sure it was on th edrive block good.
    Now I am thinking the bear wore out on the shaft and maybe caused something to bind and damaged the motor.
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    but i the shaft may have a excess play where the block goes.
    Any more than maybe 1/4" play and it is too much.
    Have seen the upper shaft, lower shaft pull out

    Is this machine supposed to start in a slow spin then go into high spin?
    The clutch should slowly bring it up to full speed.

    Now I am thinking the bear wore out on the shaft and maybe caused something to bind and damaged the motor.
    Very plausible

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    I think maybe I have traced the intermitten clanking sound while starting to spin down lower toward the transmission. It does not do it everytime. Of course that does explain th emotor making also maling a calnking sound with the belt off sometimes.
    Two different units that do better when stopped and started again, the fridge and this washer. When it rains, it pours! LOL!

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    Two different units that do better when stopped and started again, the fridge and this washer. When it rains, it pours! LOL!
    LOL! Yupper.
    if you have a tranny, motor, both issues = boat anchor time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1 View Post
    LOL! Yupper.
    if you have a tranny, motor, both issues = boat anchor time.

    jeff.
    Yep, may be that time. I think I might check that all the bolts in the cabinet (pulley, trans, whatever) are tight before I give up on this washer

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