I have a Kenmore 40318900 front loader that started giving the LE error(motor stall). I bought it as a display model 5 years ago. Tub spins freely by hand, I started troubleshooting according to the tech manual I found inside(quite convenient) and it said the stator was bad due to resistance being way out of spec. I took the stator out and to be 100% sure measured windings directly, and lo and behold they were all fine, around 8 ohms each. Then I figured it was in the harness and sure enough one of the wires had 1.2k ohms between the stator pin and the pwb connector. I started following the wire harness and found a melted and burnt section.
While going through the machine I also noticed one of the three shock absorber is missing the mount pin. Looked all over the laundry room and turned the machine on it's side and it is nowhere to be found, no broken pieces. My thought is it must've never been installed. The washer has always been pretty noisy and vibrates around on the tile floor. My hypothesis is that the excess vibration may have frayed the strands in the wire and caused it to overheat due to the current flowing through a lot less copper. The fix should be a simple wire replacement, but I wanted opinions before I power it up and risk a fire. Any thoughts?
Edit: I ended up cutting about 4 inches out of the blue and yellow wires and splicing/heat shrinking some new wire with butt connectors. I also found out a 1/2" bolt fits where the shock mount pin was missing and put one and a nylon lock nut in. Ran one load of laundry and all seems well, but will monitor it for a bit for heat.
UPDATE: It's been a month and the washing machine has been fine. Seems it was simply the wire chafing. Thanks all