Disconnect the washing machine from its electrical outlet if you did not already do so while disassembling the shell.
Locate the two wire leads that connect to the motor housing and remove them by unplugging them from the motor.
Turn the dial on your multimeter or select the appropriate button for the RX1 setting on your multimeter. This tests resistance.
Place one probe from your multimeter onto each of the metal tabs on the motor that were exposed by unplugging the wires.
Read the multimeter. The multimeter should show a "0" or very low number. If it does, the motor coils are functional. If it shows a high number or it shows "infinite," it indicates the motor is defective.
Remove one probe from the electrical terminal and place it on the shell of the motor to test the ground. If the meter reflects anything other than zero, this means that the motor is not grounded properly. Once you complete this test, reverse the probes on the motor and test the other lug on the electrical terminal.