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Another Kenmore "no-spin" question


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#1 rmiell

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 07:52 PM

My kenmore top load works well, but seems to not spin. I have noticed that if I open the lid as the pump is running to empty the tub, there is a clunck, and then when I close the lid, it spins correctly........until the next spin cycle.

Any ideas?

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 05:20 AM

Sounds to me like the neutral drain gears in the transmission need to be replaced.  The parts cost about a buck two-eighty, but replacing them, ahh yes, replacing them... OY!

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 05:24 AM

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Is that why all these rebuilt gearcases are so darn loud? I won't use anything but a new tranny anymore. I hate going back for a noise complaint.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 08:14 AM

Tranny has a 5 year warranty, we do not know the age of your washer...
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Posted 15 July 2005 - 11:31 AM

My Kenmore direct drive top loader has done the same thing you describe for some time.  In the spin cycle, the pump runs and drains but most of the time there's no spin.  Opening and closing the lid starts the spin (with an accompanying "clunk" as mentioned by rmiell), or else after the cycle is finished I can turn the timer dial around and manually restart it in the final spin cycle (in which case it spins just fine).  I've wondered if this is a mechanical problem (clutch?) or if it could possibly be as simple as the timer assembly.

I pretty much always use the "heavy duty" cycle, and it occurred to me that if the timer is the problem it might work ok on other cycles...so I tried it on the "normal" cycle.  Guess what?  Works fine, spin cycle kicks in normally.  So now I'm thinking that my problem is probably the timer.  Two things:

1.   Wanted to relay that info to other people who might have a problem that looks clutch / transmission related but isn't.  As for the "clunk" sound, I expect that happens because when you open and close the lid while the washer is draining the transmission is engaging spin with the motor already running?

2.  The timer's not a cheap part, so I was hoping for some feedback on whether my diagnosis sounds reasonable, and exactly what I would need if I am right.  My machine is a model 110.92281100, and it looks like the timer is part number 661573.

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 15 July 2005 - 11:44 AM

Trannys do not normally go thunk when they start.   On my washer the Heavy duty is just an extension of the normal cycle, just adds some extra minutes, same motor, tranny, etc.  not sure this would be causing the problem unless the built in pause is not happening.  The timer has to pause after the drain to set the tranny for spin, if that pause is not happening, opening the lid and closing it is taking the place  of the pause.   See if your timer is pausing after the drain, if it is the timer is ok.
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