John Lewis give 2 year guarantee on white goods appliances

Hoover Error 8

Error Code I have a few references to Hoover washing machine error code 8, they are listed for the Hoover Vision HD series washers, Hoover 3 phase autowashers and the Hoover Nextra and Optima models.

References vary slightly but all point to a motor tacho fault -

  • Hoover Vision: Error 8 = Tacho fault
  • Nextra: Error 8 = Motor jammed / Drum shaft jammed or tacho generator fault (This is the same description as for Nextra Error 7)
  • Hoover 3 phase autowashers: Error 8 = Tacho generator out of circuit. Can be wiring or board
  • Optima: E08 = Tacho fault

What is the tacho coil?

The tacho coil is on the motor and is fitted at the opposite end of the drive belt where the carbon brushes are. This error says something is wrong regarding the tacho coil but it doesn’t specify exactly what. Possibilities are varied so unless you know what you are doing, and unless you can see something obvious like the coil has come away from the motor or the motor or drum has seized up it is probably better to call in a professional.

Resistance readings for tacho coils are usually quite high, so if you don’t have a sensitive enough meter it could appear to be open circuit when in fact it’s reading over 150 Ohms or more and may be ok.

What does the tacho coil do?

In conjunction with a magnet fitted on the end of the armature shaft each time the motor does a revolution it can be counted by the software or pcb through the tacho coil. This information is used to judge and control the speed of the motor at all times.

If the coil is open circuit the washing machine would lose al control of the motor and in the past the motor would often spin uncontrollable causing damage to the washing machine. These days if an open circuit or missing tacho coil (they can fall off the motor) is detected the machine will stop working and report an error code.

More information

Although the fault may be different to error 7 with some models, the Nextra model references the error 8 and specifically says its the same as error 7. Therefore it may be helpful to read the Nextra Error 7 description, which also gives more information about the tacho coil.

Need an engineer?
Find an engineer

Which? In these tough times, wasting money is not an option. Careful research before spending money on expensive products and services is more necessary than ever.

Which? have a genuine no-strings trial offer. For only £1 you get the following benefits -

Sign up now for £1

Best Retailer (at least 2 years guarantee on appliances - 3 on some)

Best-choice John Lewis Appliances Consistently voted best retailer for customer satisfaction. Ethical business model.


Support this site

asset.f.logo.lg Please support my site and articles by using ads and liking and sharing articles. Check out Whitegoodshelp's Facebook Page. Without your support this free help resource can't survive.


  1. My Hoover optima had the E08 fault, the symptoms were that the drum didnt rotate but it drained and filled ok.
    I tested the tacho it was fine and found the fault to be worn out brushes, i made a short video of the fix, if is any use.

  2. Thanks Sledger, the video is useful to see the tacho coil wires. The Error E08 is supposed to be implicating the tacho coil which is strange.

All comments moderated before showing

Keep on topic please - Email not published