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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2007 12:39 pm
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I was very proud of my homebrew extended cold water supply hose, but the hose clamp on the machine end failed after about a year, accurately injecting a few litres of water into my Smartdrive MW512's electronic innards before popping off entirely and flooding the laundry floor.

I didn't realize that the electronics had been doused until I replaced the hose a day later and the machine failed to start; it had been plugged in all that time. Now the motor controller smells bad, the PCB features a very artistic pattern of burnt and corroded tracks, and assorted components have been so badly corroded that they snap off when gently brushed clean.  Sigh.

I've disassembled, dried and reassembled the also-drenched front-panel board, but I think the motor controller has gone to God.

Can anybody suggest a way I can get hold of a replacement motor controller for less than the AU$160 RRP I've been quoted by F&P?  Second-hand is fine.  I'm in Australia, and the module has a big yellow sticker on its casing that reads, in part, "P7CP 230V".

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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2007 09:48 pm
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Have you tried eBay? Surely there must be a company in OZ who rebuilds these things?



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Monitoring ebay.com.au regularly, so far without result. An Australian rebuilder, or somebody with a junked machine kicking around, is what I'd hoped to find here.  Seems to me though that the Smartdrive's super-simple and reliable mechanicals means that the electronics will generally fail before the rest of the machine does, making this a hard spare to track down second-hand :(

More info on the model number: got a quote from Stokes Appliance Parts saying "The part is FP420706NZP $164.28 on a change over basis".

There's a number on the yellow sticker that almost matches part of this: 420786.  For completeness, the entire text of the yellow sticker is

MOTOR CONTROLLER
  PASS

P7CP
(bar code)
420786003336
230V
24/08/2005
10:48

F&P Customer Care already quoted $159.50 and made no mention of a changeover, so that's still my best option so far.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 30th, 2007 04:53 am
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My desire to deal with the accumulating pile of washing has just got bigger than my desire to avoid paying full price for a spare, so I've just ordered one direct from F&P.

Thanks to all who gave this a thought.

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