Washing machine is not spinning round

This just happened all of a sudden. The drum in the machine won't spin around at any time during the cycle although a whole wash cycle will perform basically just filling up with water and emptying it again. I looked inside it and there seems to be some sparks coming from the motor? Also sometimes I did manage to get it spinnning for about 10 seconds after a nudge but then it stopped again.
Do you think I would need to buy a whole new motor for this or would it maybe be something inside it that is sparking and could be replaced much cheaper?
Thanks for any advice.
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Water + electricity/sparks is a big no-no! Unplug the machine and walk away from it. From the character of your question, it doesn't sound like you have the know how and experience to tackle a repair on something like this.
If the machine is a high end model newer than about five or six years, it might be worth getting a repair guy out. Count on a bill of $65-75 just to come out and look/diagnose the problem and at least $150 to fix about anything--- much more if it's the motor.
Consider a trip to Sears or Home Depot where a new washing machine can be had for under $300. All current model machines clean clothes well. $400 will buy you one with a few bells and whistles and $600+ will get you one that washes your clothes clean and whistles Dixie while it does so...
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gooshto wrote:

Hi,
Washer make, model#?
http://www.applianceaid.com/model.html Some model# helps.

Motor switch or wire connector may be required....hopefully not the whole motor but you never know.
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Hey everyone thanks very much for replying. the model is Hotpoint 95452.
I've actually been very lucky and got a guy out to fix it. He replaced two black rectangel square looking things (spark plugs or something?) inside the motor and it's all fine again now. Total charge $35 which I think it amazing! Well you never know what you don't have till it's gone and a washing machine is pretty essential I tells ya! Especially in a tiny apartment.
Thanks again for replying. I was asking just incase it was something maybe simple I could've fixed. Maybe I could fix spark plugs (if that's what they were) but the price of repair was cheap enough I could afford not to risk my life this time around :)
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Old Kenmore? Are you sure it isn't just the wig wag sparking?
The motor is a FRU. No smaller parts to replace.
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