So, Sunday evening I'm working in my garage and my wife comes out to ask what I'm burning out there. I tell her I'm not burning anything, and she says the whole house smells like something is on fire. I go inside and sure enough, something is burning... Turns out it was the washing machine. It was buzzing, like the motor was trying to run but couldn't. I unplugged it, made sure it wasn't actually on fire, and let the house clear of the horrible smell. First thought: Bad motor. So I bought a new one. Put it in, started her up, SAME THING! Just a buzzing sound, motor doesn't turn at all. I shut it off right away to protect the new motor. Next thought: Gear system is shot and is preventing the motor from turning. Not true; I removed the motor from the gear assembly and fired her up. Same thing. Shaft doesn't even turn with zero load on it. Next thought: Perhaps the "solenoid" looking thing attached to the motor is bad. Sears Parts Department says it's a capacitor. I've got a new one on the way, it will be here Friday. Note: This happens on the "spin" cycle. I couldn't get a normal wash cycle to run, perhaps because there was no water in the machine - didn't want to fill it with no way to drain it. When it stopped working Sunday I had to drain it with my shop vac. I looked over the machine. This is the first time I've seen the inside of a washing machine and it's all very straightforward. I don't see anything else that could be causing this, so I'm fairly confident the new "capacitor" will fix the problem. But part of me isn't sure, so here I am. If anyone has experience in this department, I'd love to hear your thoughts. This was an expensive washing machine and is only 5 years old, so I'd really like to get it working again. Thank you!