This morning when I started a load of washing, the washing machine was making odd noises. And then I noticed the agitator was not spinning when it should have been. Then I smelled a burning rubber smell, so quickly shut it off. Only one thing could be happening and that would be the drive belts under the unit seizing up while the motor was turning.
By now I had the machine full of wash water and clothes, so had to bail it out in order to get at the underside. Took off the front panel and everything looked OK there. Pulled out the machine from the wall and tipped it back to an angle where I could see the drive belts as they are mounted on the underside of the floor.
This unit was the top of the line Maytag I bought new in '90 and have had the belts replaced once, so I knew a little about how they function.
None of the 2 belts were broken, frayed or worn looking. So proceeded to work them as though the motor was turning them. I was looking to see if everything was free and not seized and everything seemed OK. I continued to do this for a few more minutes just to make sure.
After I was reasonably confident that the belts turned OK, I stood the machine on its feet again and switched the cycle to spin. This went just fine and no evidence of jerking or stopping.
I then loaded the wet clothes back in and started another wash cycle. I made sure I was nearby so I could hear any noises that weren't normal. This wash cycle progressed just like it should have. Went on to a second and larger load and this performed fine as well.
So far so good, and I didn't have to call in a repair service which could have been very expensive. That's the last thing I need right now this close to moving.
I'm no ace mechanic but it seems like I've won this round!