Magnetically soft materials, however, tend to be more expensive. The motor manufacturer must find that proper blend of just enough magnetically soft material to do the work required without putting too big a dent in the customer wallet.
You will need to use the ohmmeter as an ohmeter and not as a continuity checker for the next step in the procedure. You will want to use the lowest ohm scale your meter offers, as the typical winding resistance in motors such as these is less than 100 ohms. If the motor is a permanent split-capacitor motor, you are going to be looking for common and speed taps of the winding.