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Old 01-17-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Chillicothe, IL
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Default Help...Wash Machine Is Smoking!

My wife noticed smoke coming from our Maytag Atlantis wash machine. It was not spinning. Currently I'm siphoning all of the water out of the machine. Where do I start troubleshooting? It was purchased in 2001.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I would guess (not enough information) that the motor is probably cooked. That could happen if the transmission was messed up or there was some sort of lock-up of the shaft. If you don't have access to a tech manual, it might be safer to limit your troubleshooting and repair efforts to insuring those aren't the problem and easily replaceable.
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Chillicothe, IL
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I think it is the motor. I found out how to remove it. It smells like it's burnt, but looks OK.
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Hey good guess! (Thanks for the reps) If you can't get a replacement cheap, many major cities have a motor rebuilding shop. Look in the yellow pages under pump repairs, or some such. Otherwise, ask around at the used appliance dealers.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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Default Before I started messing with the motor......

I should ensure there is not something jammed up in the mechanism that the motor turns. No sense getting another replacement motor and smoking that as well.

Usually with those replacement parts they are not cheap. A rebuilt is possible but again what would be the price? I never found that economical either.

Another option is to go out of garbage day and get a few old washers, try to get a replacement for free that way. Usually you can just tip them over and eyeball the motor, see if it looks like a likely fit. The motors are sort of standard for a lot of different makes. Most are the open frame design. If you have a place that recycles appliances, most locations no longer dump them in the landfill, that can be a prime place to look for replacement parts.

Lots of times, the best choice is buy another washer, especially if you can't do all the work yourself.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Chillicothe, IL
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Everything seems to turn freely. I'm going to go ahead and order a replacement motor for $100. I will cross my fingers and hope that fixes it. That wash machine has been a good work horse.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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The smoke could be coming from a lubricant leak in the transmission/motor connection that heats up because of the motor friction. The replacement should fix it, but I'd make sure the transmission isn't leaking fluid before I put the new motor in.

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Streamer1212
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Chillicothe, IL
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I don't see anything leaking.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Get it a nicotene patch and tell it to quit smoking. You might want to get a pamphlet about how smoking causes cancer.



Is it belt driven? Could just be the belt.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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Was it a big load in the wash? I agree on the belt factor
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