AC motor from washing machine, has 11 wires from it. Aside from earth I have no idea what they are however I have observed: If the white+blue OR the red+orange wires are bought into contact then the shaft becomes hard to turn AND I can get a few small sparks by spinning the shaft and quickly touching these wires together. So I guess these have something to do with the power. Why four power wires though? Can someone explain AC motors better than what I've read on WIki? Cheers.