My Whirlpool LSR5233AWO washer, agitator spins freely clockwise after replacing clutch dogs
Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:11 PM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:27 PM
It was full of water and a fairly large load of clothes.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:52 PM
I read somewhere that it should only spin counter clock wise??
No, you have the directions backward.
If the machine is not running, transmission is in neutral mode (as after the final spin is finished), and you grab the top of the agitator (auger) and turn it back and forth by hand ... the auger section should rotate freely *clockwise* ... and when turned counter-clockwise it should latch to the agitator base and turn it as well. That's the purpose of the clutch dogs ... the auger "slips" in one direction and is driven by the agitator base in the other direction.
If the agitator *base* is turned back and forth (rapidly, which is what the transmission does when the machine is running in agitate mode), the *opposite* of the above takes place: The auger "slips" when the base turns counterclockwise and is driven when the base turns clockwise .... so the spiral can push the clothes down toward the base.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:14 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:16 AM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:21 AM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:33 AM
I would be willing to buy the kit above it I was certain it would solve my problem... I'm concerned there might be a deeper problem. Any thoughts?
Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:10 PM
With a full load of clothes and water, the top portion of the agitator is still spinning around clockwise during the agitating cycle.
I'm not understanding why that's a problem, being as the auger is *supposed* to rotate clockwise during agitation.
I can make it agitate properly easily with one hand. I'm certain the feed dogs are working properly after thoroughly reading DADoESTX post above and testing it.
What exactly do you mean when you say "agitate properly?" What is your description of proper agitation?
Can you put a video on YouTube of what you view as being incorrect agitation vs. proper agitation?
Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:52 PM
Is it possible this problem is as simple as not enough clothes to water ratio?
Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:59 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:26 PM
The video you linked above is of a much older belt-drive washer. Agitation runs at a slower 68 strokes per minute on a wider arc than your direct-drive unit (180 SPM on high speed on a shorter arc). That being said, both augers work to the same function.
You are correct that *more* water with *less* clothes will make for reduced interaction between the clothes and auger ... which may make it spin around faster and more continuously. The lowest water level typically is below the auger so there's no way for it to contact the clothes and again it may simply spin around, particularly due to inertia at high speed agitation. That's normal.
Here's a video showing the effect, advance the clip to the 10-min point. Completely normal.
And another video, I believe of the same machine, with clothes, and the auger turning more rhythmically due to interaction with the clothes. Advance to about 11:20 to catch start of agitation. Notice that the auger occasionally spins a little faster and longer if it looses the "grip" on the clothes. Again, completely normal. (IMO, this is a bit underloaded.)
Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:58 PM
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