Well, at least I wasn't left with a load of dirty AND wet laundry...it happened during the rinse cycle.
I had six pillowcases in a small speed wash cycle. I was in the next room, from where I could hear the washer filling. After the washer filled for the rinse cycle, it made an awful screeching noise. When I went to see, the drum was trying to rotate for the rinse, but not able to make a complete rotation. I switched to the drain and spin cycle, leaving the laundry in the drum. I watched after the water drained, and saw that the drum was still not rotating, and it was still making a screeching noise, although not as loud. I took the laundry out, and let the spin cycle continue for a few minutes to remove the remaining water. The drum finally turned on its own, but not quietly.
I have acquired the service manual, but have not open the machine cabinet yet. Any suggestions, ideas, tips on how to approach this?