There was washing in the machine that the good lady told me hadn't spun properly. I'd thought I heard a noise when it was spinning, and had initially thought it was a zip/button clicking on the door as it did, but assumed after her comment that the filter had blocked. I checked this and found 1 x 20p coin, a hair-clip, and two small pieces of glass (and now idea where they can have come from or how they managed to get in the machine).
Anyway, once removed I expected normal service to be resumed but sadly not. The water pumps away, but it is the drum not turning that is the issue, I have now discovered.
I took the washer outside (it being a wonderful day) and could look all round the machine and after a study of the patently obvious, realised that the belt was fine, and there appeared to be no obvious (ie visible) sign of damage to the motor. In frustration I prodded the drum pulley witht the rubber torch I had in my hand. Hey Presto, a flicker of life, but momentary only.
Cautious not to lose a digit or several I prodded the pulley again, and this time noticed an arc from the general area of the motor.a couple more prods and the same occured, but the drum would not be persuaded to run by itself at.
So, before I can prove to my good lady that I am The Great Incompetent she believes she marries, are there any suggestions as to what this might be and is it worth a repair? We are due to have the kitchen knocked down and extended in a matter of a few short weeks, and were thinking about renewing all appliances at that time, so major repair work doesn't strike me as a sensible move, but then again, neither does the cultivation of a pile of dirty school and work clothes.
Thanks in anticipation of much-needed words of comfort and assitance.