Thanks AJ, I just ran the washer through a rinse cycle only (empty) and saw no smoke, smelled no odor. Is the voltage applied continuously to the wax motor throughout the wash and rinse cycles, therefore, the longer voltage is applied, the hotter the device will get? Therefore, if I ran a complete wash/rinse cycle, I should have the smoke/haze and odor, if that is for sure the problem? What is the expected result if I just continue to use the washer? Will it eventually burn up, just quit working, damage anything else? If I take the washer apart and remove the part, will there be any visible indication of a problem with wax motor?
This washer had recall repairs done on it a few years ago. Seems to me that a new wax motor may have been a part of that rework. Can't remember for sure. As I recall there were at least two recall procedures performed on it at that time.
The puzzling thing to me was how the smoke/haze was only inside the tub. I assume the wax motor is in that grey plastic piece in the top of the tub opening, where the locking mechanism is? That would certainly explain how the smoke got inside the tub. If it were a belt or motor, the smoke and odor would be coming from the back or bottom of the machine, not inside, would it not?