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Whirlpool Washer LA9200W Bad Tranny?


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#1 az_repair_gal

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:49 PM

It's me again... my 21-year old Whirlpool washer is still in service, thanks to this forum.

About 3 years ago I had a problem with the washer. Thought it was the tranny but it wound up being the motor instead. Here is the URL for that issue, FYI.

http://applianceguru...m2/19872-1.html

At that time we replaced the tranny with a rebuilt one from a boneyard before we figured out the problem was actually the motor. Since then, cycles on the washer have been gradually going out. We lost 'gentle' almost immediately. The washer would agitate but when it was supposed to drain and spin, it would just stop. We had to rotate the dial to another cycle to spin and drain.

We kept talking about putting the original tranny back in but something else always came up, and we are basically lazy anyway, so for the past 3 years we have been washing everything on 'regular.' ('Perma press' never worked, as far as we can tell - but we don't use that cycle, so no biggie.) Everything was fine until a couple of days ago. Now the 'regular' cycle gets to a certain point on the dial and just quits - same as 'gentle.' When I rotate the dial to the dot, it agitates but no matter where I position the dial it will not drain or spin.

With a "no spin, no drain" problem I would not be surprised if you point me to the lid switch, but I replaced it a few years ago and I can hear an audible click when the lid closes. (I suppose I could check the ohms for those of you who are anal about that). Others of you might diagnose the timer or the pump (both of which I've also replaced in recent years). But given the pattern of lost functionality and the length of time involved, I suspect the rebuilt tranny was never quite right.

I still have the original transmission - we kept it when we figured out there was actually nothing wrong with it. What do you think? Should I swap out the tranny before buying any other parts?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:14 PM

sounds like the timer to me

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:16 PM

LA9200W

can you check that model number again ?
sounds like a bad Timer
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:23 PM

Stock number is LA9200W. Model number is LA9200XWW0.

Would the timer go out one cycle at a time over a 3-year period? How do I check it?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

Check for dirty contacts or loose wire connections on the timer.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:26 PM

I don't see anything unusual there. Timer is clean and all connections are secure.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:35 PM

Did I fail to mention that I give donations to the Masters that help me keep this washer going? :D

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:01 PM

Verify your lid switch. Jump it out if necessary.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:04 PM

Washer does not drain or spin and the timer does not advance. Seem to recall when the lid switch went bad it still drained and the timer advanced, it just did not spin.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:25 PM

can you check that model number again ?


Model number is LA9200XWW0

that's better

original post is confusing ...
what are the symptoms now ?

Does it complete a full wash cycle on any dial setting ?
Does the Timer Motor continue to run when the cycle stops when it shouldn't ?
No ? .. sounds like bad Lid Switch
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:16 PM

the fingers that the contacts are on can bend or move out of postions so they arent making contact so all sorts of wierd things can happen

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:41 PM

Lid switch was making contact intermittently. Jumptrout - please post URL for the charity of your choice. :)

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:44 PM

Please grease the Master Samurai,I am not worthy of gratuity.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:35 PM

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:00 AM

...I am not worthy of gratuity.


I beg to disagree! It is the participation of awesome techs like yourself and others that make Appliantology such a valuable resource for DIYers and other techs, myself included! Mucho Domos, amigos!




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