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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2008 02:43 pm
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Some time ago the 'Delicates'  cycle on this washer stopped working.  Specifically, the machine would shut itself off mid-cycle.  When it was turned off, there was soapy water in the tub.  My wife is able to restart the machine and it will complete the cycle.  But the clothes end up covered with these soft, black flakes -- almost like a dust that has been stuck together and formed into flakes.

Today she reports a similar situation with the 'Hand Washables' cycle.  It will run its full cycle, but the flakes show up on the clothes.

The 'Normal' cycle works just fine, and there are no black flakes.

We have 2 issues here -- one is the stopping of the machine in mid-cycle.  A previous inquiry suggested checking the control knob to see if it wiggles and/or is stripped.  It appears to be in good, normal, working condition.  Can you suggest what else to check?

The second issue is the small black flakes.  We do not get them on the 'Normal' cycle, but do get them on the other 2 cycles.  Any suggestions there?

Thanks in advance.

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I'm not sure the black flakes and the washer stopping are related, so let's handle them as separate problems.

When the washer stops, can you re-start it right way or do you need to wait 10 minutes or so before it will run again?

A direct diagnostic test would be to measure the voltage going to the motor from the timer when the washer stops (but should be running). If you're still getting voltage, then you may have a bad motor that's overheating and cutting out; otherwise, it's probably a bad timer.



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Thanks for the reply. 

My wife isn't sure if she needs to wait to restart because she goes back to the machine after it is supposed to be done (and finds it is not), so she doesn't hear it turn off mid-cycle.  (The machine is downstairs and out of ear shot.)

Wouldn't the fact that the 'Normal' cycle works just fine rule out a bad motor?

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You can go ahead an throw a timer at it if you like. Easy enough to confirm, though. Might save you some time and aggravation. Your call.

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Understanding  that i know nothing about appliances, I wonder if the black flakes aren't due to some back suction whereby when the water is starting to get expelled from the machine, the machine stops, and some gunk from inside the drain tube gets drawn back into the tub?

Probably not, but what the heck...



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I will try the timer.

That is an interesting theory about the back suction.  But what would cause the back suction?  Realizing I know even less about appliances than you, I am trying to figure out how that would come about.

Along the same vein, I wonder if there is something like a back suction that might be causing a trip in a pressure or similar type of switch which would cause the machine to stop mid-cycle.  (Under that scenario, the 2 issues would be related.)

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