My washer stops at the drain and spin cycle

In the rubber hose (in the bigger diameter end of it) that connects the tub to the pump inlet, there's a floater ball. Do you know the function of this "floater" or if it can be removed? It seemed intended to prevent backflow into the tub from the drain....My washer stops at the drain and spin cycle and shows an "F" 06 error on the display and bipping for a few seconds. I removed the hose and found nothing big that could block the drain, except for the "ball".

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If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:

If the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn't turn freely--if it's frozen or stiff--replace it. If the pump belt is broken or looks quite worn, replace it--but be sure to check the pump pulley before you change the belt.

If the motor isn't running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine can't spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.

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