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GE WBSR3140G5WW wont agitate aggressively

washer agitate ge 3140

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#1 cdavidson

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:06 AM

Washer is 1.5 yrs old. Is rarely used in vacation home. Maybe 30 times. The machine wont agitate aggressively. all other functions appear operational.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:50 AM

GE washers do not typically agitate very hard, at least in my opinion. You can check the belt tension, and you can verify that the motor is operating in both low and high by testing different cycles. Like normal vs. delicates, you should notice a lage difference between the speeds, in those two cycles. Does it seem to spin ok? By this I mean does it seem to wring out most of the clothes, when it does a spin cycle?
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:05 AM

Yes the clothes seem to be well wrung. i unplugged the machine and plugged it back in to hopefully reset what ever it might have going on on the board. The heavy cycle made more noise than usual but I have not tested it w laundry yet and the lid switch keeps me for watching it. There is an LED light on the board that blinking steadily green when it is plugged in.
Is there a way to defeat the lid switch while trouble shooting this thing?
I have noticed a slight rubber smell in the kitchen off the laundry room and I did not put the two together. I'll check the tension tomorrow. Ive not notived any belt noise though so I didnt suspect that but it makes sense to look at it.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:16 AM

to defeat the lid switch you can use a magnet, lay it on the sensor, and it should wash and spin. Please be careful while you have the lid open.Posted Image

part 388 in the above break down.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:23 AM

Great. How is the front panel supposed to be removed? I thought the top popped out first then the bottom. That's not how it went. The bottom came out and the top will not come out. It sort of hinges upward which Im sure is wrong but it allowed me to look inside. Now I cant get the bottom back on the hook. I may have bent the top clips ?????
I bet you get a kick out of hearing/picturing the goofy stuff folks do to their machines! :teehee:

A bit of swearing seems to help ease the tension.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:35 AM

lol its all good, to remove the front pannel, there are 2 clips at the top, you'll need a putty knife or a flat head screw driver to pry up on the clips at the top. If you look they are pn 373 in the break down above. When you go to put it back together put the front on the bottom clips first then, just push it into place.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:43 AM

Ahhh...you just saved the face a my washer.
I knew there had to be an easier way than just ripping it off. I was about to..trust me.

Thanks for your help. I'll report back with results.
Not the way I like spending a day off but what the heck.
Fixing a new one is better than buying a new, new one.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 08:15 AM

Check the agitator coupler underneath the agitator. It may be loose or stripped.





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