My poor Mother's washing machine stopped working and thanks to the excellent advice contained on this website I was able to replace the broken drive coupler.
The machine appears to function normally now, but I noticed a 'burning rubber' type smell. I dismissed this as just the new coupler "working itself in" and left, but after a few loads my alarmed Mother called me up saying the machine was smoking heavily.
I checked the coupler, and it's fine. No sign of any wear or damage.
Now, the two plastic coupling parts don't slide completely over their respective shafts (close though). I gently hammered a bit on them but didn't want to break them. Perhaps I need to hammer harder or perhaps I damaged another part (i.e. shouldn't have hammered at all!)?
Prior to finding this site and joining the forums as flying-tree-turtle, I was bull-in-china-shop. In trying to diagnose the agitator, I busted it. The base of the agitator has two plastic tabs on its top where the auger assembly (?) snaps into. These broke off. After fixing the coupler, I was able to position everything back into place, but now of course the top part of the agitator floats off and wobbles when the tub fills up with water. I don't think this would cause the smoking however.
It always happens in threes. Initially I took the machine apart the wrong way, taking the back off. Somewhere in between this, breaking the agitator, repairing the coupler, and putting the whole damn thing back together I wound up with a couple of "extra parts". They look harmless enough... Good thing I'm not a surgeon or I'd probably be connecting foot bones to thigh bones.
- the machine was off-balance during the burning smell and smoke.
- the machine was pretty dirty and poor Mom has some serious hard water problems. We cleaned what we could before putting it back together.
- the shaft on the motor is difficult to rotate manually
- not featured in the attached picture is a piece of thin cardboard (shaped like that metal thinger with the rubber mounts on it that the motor fits into). I'm not sure from where this stray tumbleweed blew in, but I saw someone else mention it so thought I should too, for completeness.
I humbly hang my head in shame and submit myself to your mercy in the hopes of finding some much needed assistance. Thank you in advance.