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this concerns a Maytag "atlantis" clothes washer, model MAV6200AWW, style Y7909215, sn 20105180ac,about 12 years old.
the wash and rinse cylces work fine.  at the end of the rinse cycle, the water drains completely, but the spin cycle does not happen.  the motor runs fine, good and loud like it always has up to now,  but the basket does not spin at all.  I have a generic handyman home appliance repair book which says that in situations like this, the spin solenoid is usually the primary culprit. ok.  i have a volt-ohm meter (VOM) and know how to use it.  so: (1) how do i find the spin solenoid on this machine?  (2) how do i test it, i.e. i assume i need to take a resistance reading across its terminals; what is a "good" read-out value for it?  (3) anything else i should check for? (anything in the lid switch that might be wrong?)  
thank you.

There is no such thing as a "spin solenoid" on ANY washing machine I have ever seen (in 17+ years). The belt is more than likely worn on this machine. If the belt is "ok", you will need to contact a technician (the brake package will need inspecting, and a special tool is needed).

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I am a self-employed Major Appliance Service Technician. I can answer MOST major appliance questions, and I will only tell you the CORRECT way to fix something (as I would in my customer's house). I do NOT "sugar-coat" my answers - you are told it up-front, and to the point. Some models are not available in Canada however (and vise-versa), and although "a dryer is a dryer" (for example), I am more familiar with North American models. Remember, I HAVEN'T seen EVERYTHING, and I can't do ANYTHING without the correct model number! :)


I have been a Technician in the Major Appliance field since 1995, after I graduated from Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, in which I took the Major Appliance Repair Technician Program. I have been self-employed since 1998.

I am a registered contractor with T.S.S.A. in Ontario. The T.S.S.A. regulate the fuels industry in Ontario, and BY LAW, you MUST be a registered contractor to work on ANY gas appliance in Ontario. I also belong to the Better Business Bureau of Windsor & Southwestern Ontario.

I graduated from the Major Appliance Technician Servicing Program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario. I have achieved accreditation by the Government Of Ontario as a Major Appliance Service Technician. I continually attend update workshops, and I am an Authorized Servicer for Whirlpool Canada.

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