What kind of machine are we dealing with here? Front or top loader. Are the controls mechanical or electric/digital.
When you say smaller load, is it the load size switch, or are you using a shorter cycle? Like heavy, medium, light?
It is a GE Top Load, approx 6 yrs old. Small load meaning "size" of load.
Electrical timer - it's a new one I installed. Washing machine works fine for all the cycles except the small load size; it will not go into the spin cycle.
The motor controller (im assuming this is a direct drive, no transmission) has load sensing. It uses the motor amperage to see how full the basket is and determine the spin cycle time.
I don't know how much this part is, but im pretty sure your better off washing with large load option untill you buy a new one. My last one had the motor burn out. I paid 275 for the washer new. The replacement motor was $565.