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Hoover 460 wiring questions
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Post# 1199480   2/16/2024 at 23:48 by Smartdrive1100 (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)        

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Hi everyone,
I acquired this Hoover 460 a while ago and noticed itís had some sort of repairs done incorrectly on it.
I have photos of it and Iíll name the issues
1. Door doesnít lock, meaning operation of the machine can be done with the door open.
2. The spin and wash options arenít hooked up properly meaning they canít be used correctly.
3. This might just be how the machine was made but if the timer is set to the middle of spin it doesnít do a slow spin the ramp up, it just goes full speed.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Post# 1199500 , Reply# 1   2/17/2024 at 07:49 by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        


I'm not certain but I don't think that timer is from a 460. It looks like a 470 timer.

My understanding is the 460 used a rather bulky European timer (Crouzet maybe??) and the later machines used a cheaper Australian made timer, which is much more slender in shape, your photo looks like the later ones. It is possible that late 460s had the later timer, I really don't know for sure.

But maybe your machine has been made up out of several machines, including timer and wiring loom from a 470?? It's pretty common to mix and match components with these Zodiac machines.

Post# 1199547 , Reply# 2   2/17/2024 at 17:19 by Smartdrive1100 (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)        
I figured it had been mismatched

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I would still think it would be similar enough for the door lock and switches to be hooked up correctly unless Iím thinking wrong.

Thanks for your advice though! I might need to source some parts then.

Post# 1199567 , Reply# 3   2/17/2024 at 20:05 by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        

Is the door lock wired up or disconnected? The locks do fail (often) and that may be the problem, or a faulty door lock may have been bypassed to keep the machine operating.

Post# 1199570 , Reply# 4   2/17/2024 at 21:12 by Smartdrive1100 (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)        
Door lock had one neutral wire connected to it somewhere

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It wasnít hooked up at all, and had one cable going to it!

The machine was removed from a deceased estate (not by me, it was in someoneís front yard for a few days and I asked them about it, so yes, it was free).

Post# 1199571 , Reply# 5   2/17/2024 at 21:17 by Smartdrive1100 (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)        
Iím super thankful for your advice Gizmo

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Without your advice I wouldnít have a clue with what Iím doing!!!

Perhaps if I canít get this running you could take it off my hands if you wanted!

It does need new bearings and the door seal has a crack in it also missing 2 wheels on the front and a few other things but itís mostly there!

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