Thank-you for your response Martin, although it appears that your exclamation key is sticking…
I have had a further look at the V696 washer-dryer and cannot locate the capacitor, to which you refer.
I have taken a few pictures; three dials are at the front of the machine. Working clockwise in this picture:
I can see the pressure switch, the timer’s wiring connector, a metal plate that runs from to the back of the machine and an extension bar that leads to an extra timer for the dryer function, which is situated out of shot.
This is what is situated beneath the metal plate, which is connected to the middle dial:
It does not look like a capacitor to me, unless I am mistaken.
I have taken a look at the schematic diagram (http://www.bosch-home.co.uk/store/spare ... /V69635/00
) and the part is identified as a “regulator – temperature”, which leads me to believe a capacitor is unlikely to be incorporated.
There is a capacitor, located on the backplate, but it is pretty small, part number 043806, and I doubt that this has anything to do with the motor but, again, I am prepared to be proven wrong.
Finally, here’s a pic of the sticker inside the door.
Any further ideas as to where I can try next?