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Whirlpool motor replacement


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#1 fairbank56

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:52 PM

  Iv'e been noticing in some Whirlpool parts documentation such as for the Estate ETW4450TQ0 and others, the part number reference for the drive motor states that "spring P/N 388492 must be ordered when replacing motor". This spring is the counterweight spring in the back part of the tub support. Why "must" the spring be replaced??? Actually, it just says it must be ordered, but I assume they want you to replace it. Other parts manuals for various direct drive models make no mention of this. I don't get it.

 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

My guess is that the new motor is lighter in weight than the original motor.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:52 PM

  I see what you are saying, but the spring is already there and it's the same part number as the spring they are telling you that you need to order with the new motor. It's the same spring part number that's been used for many years. I could see if it was a different part number for a spring with a different tension.

 

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