I have a top load Kenmore Washer (Model # 11022632100) that I was having intermittent problems in the spin cycle, until today, - sometimes the clothes would be soaking wet, usually when it was a full, heavy load (towels, blankets, and so on). I figured it was the drive-coupler since I just replaced the lid switch about 3 or 4 months ago, along with the timer (although that was a mistake on my part) but after breaking down the machine and looking at the coupler I don't think that it is the coupler, which seems to be in great shape considering that I have 5 kids (3 of which are girls that change clothes 5 times a day!) and a dog so the washer is used frequently, well, closer to constantly.
if its not the coupler, the lid switch or the timer - where should I go from here?
the only thing that really stood out to me when I took out the motor and coupler is the presence of a black residue substance behind the motor mount plate as well as in the notch area where the coupler connects to the transmission assembly as well as on the assembly itself. It looks somewhat like coffee grounds or a powder but it is not granular at all. There is also a foam-type gasket, seal, or padding that is on the transmission assembly housing that I can easily move around with just my finger.
At this point I don't want to go out a spend money replacing parts unnecessarily but I am not sure when to go and/or what to look for. The other common issues for this type of machine are (1) the drive block, (2) the clutch, (3) the clutch band kit, (4) the motor, or (5) the bearing(s).
I'm not sure how to go about checking each of these possible problems, which order to check and how to verify if something really needs to be replaced.