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motor smokes LAT8840AAL Maytag Maytag laundry

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Yadira B -
July 02, 2013
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Thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com. I understand how frustrating it can be to replace a part and not get the results you want. I'd like to make sure that the smoke is from the motor itself. If the smell is electrical, there could be a loose wire connection and I recommend checking the wire harness. If the smoke smells like rubber or plastic, there could be a problem with the pump or drive coupler.
If you have a multimeter, you must test your motor to be able to eliminate motor failure from the list of possible causes since it continued to smoke after you've replaced it. I have included instructions below on how to test your washer motor.
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services
SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

1. Disconnect the washing machine from its electrical outlet if you did not already do so while disassembling the shell.

2. Locate the two wire leads that connect to the motor housing and remove them by unplugging them from the motor.

3. Turn the dial on your multimeter or select the appropriate button for the RX1 setting on your multimeter. This tests resistance.

4. Place one probe from your multimeter onto each of the metal tabs on the motor that were exposed by unplugging the wires.

5. Read the multimeter. The multimeter should show a "0" or very low number. If it does, the motor coils are functional. If it shows a high number or it shows "infinite," it indicates the motor is defective.

6. Remove one probe from the electrical terminal and place it on the shell of the motor to test the ground. If the meter reflects anything other than zero, this means that the motor is not grounded properly. Once you complete this test, reverse the probes on the motor and test the other lug on the electrical terminal.

If you have further questions please let me know. Thanks for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com.

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July 02, 2013
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