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Estate washer, motor switch

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Estate washer ETW440WQ1,  has motor w10210608.  I posted on this before, got it going customer buys takes home  and it wont kick off just hums. I mess with the end shaft, and it runs fine can't make it fail now.  This mottor does not have the old style centri. switch, has a diffrent built in style. can this switch be removed and inspected.  I see this motor has for socket head screws, that appears to allow the top to be removed, and gain access to the switch.  I've not torn into it yet, if you have  pictures of how this switch works please let me know,  One of the  wire connectors may be loose, not as tight, firm.

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.... and it wont kick off just hums... I mess with the end shaft, and it runs fine can't make it fail now. 

... This mottor does not have the old style centri. switch, has a diffrent built in style.

... can this switch be removed and inspected. 

1) may also be a bad Timer

2) pictures ?

3) held on by one screw ?

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   Might just be a bad motor. This is one of the last consumer direct drive Whirlpool models made and uses a cheap chinese made motor. Washer has single speed motor but you can just put in a standard 661600 two speed version.

 

Eric

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I've started and stopped it now 15-20 times and cant get it to fail.  I didnt take a picture of the motor.  When I first saw it I thought what now!!!  the block That looks like a switch is just a terminal connection point  (Reporting this for  reg us pat) and it is held by the traditional one screw.  Thanks eric for your input on the motor.  I need to find out more details on the compatablity, or cross over of motors.  ie you can use a two speed motor in place of a one speed.  I have a three speed motor out of one unit, but don't know which one can be used here or there.  I've noticed there seems to be no standard wire colors used for the motor leads coming from windings.

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...  I have a three speed motor out of one unit,

part number ?

OR washer model ?

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  Yes, you can use the two speed motor part number 661600 in place of the one speed motor in this washer. In fact, if you check for parts for this washer at repairclinic or appliancepartspros, you will see that this is the replacement motor for this washer. The motor in this washer is a piece of chinese made junk. Whirlpool does use a standard color code for their motors but the chinese made motors do not follow this code. You can find photo's of that chinese motor on ebay.

 

Eric

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  That's not the motor in question. Yes, most Whirlpool washer motors are made in the U.S. or Mexico. There were junk chinese knock-offs made that did not have the FSP label on them. Apparently, in the last production of consumer direct drive models, Whirlpool got their motors from China and they do have the FSP label on them. but they are the same junk. Here's the motor in question.

 

WhirlpoolChineseMotor2.jpg

 

WhirlpoolChineseMotor1.jpg

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Sorry, could you repeat the question?   :blinky:

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  I've noticed there seems to be no standard wire colors used for the motor leads coming from windings.

 

  Whirlpool standard color code:

 

Single speed motor.

white - neutral from power cord

white/black - neutral after thermal overload to timer

blue - high speed winding

black and yellow - start winding

 

Two speed motor.

white - neutral from power cord

white/black - neutral after thermal overload to timer

blue - high speed winding

violet - low speed winding

black and yellow - start winding

 

Three speed motor

white - neutral from power cord

white/black - neutral after thermal overload to timer

blue - high speed winding

white/violet - medium speed winding

white/orange - low speed winding

black and yellow - start winding

 

Some later models use gray for neutral from power cord

 

Chinese motors, who knows.

 

Whirlpool has different ways of designating their windings. Some diagrams use high, med, low, some high, low, extra low, some high, normal, low.

Some of their three speed motors have all connections except neutral at the motor connector with neutral connected directly to the thermal overload switch, others have a two conductor pigtail connector for the two low speed windings. There is a quirk with a couple different models of the three speed motor without pigtail connector in which the yellow and white/violet wire are reversed, yellow still being start winding and white/violet still medium speed winding but just reversed connected at the switch.

 

Eric

Edited by fairbank56

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Excellent info on Whirlpool washer motors!  Domo, Brother Eric!  

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  That chinese motor has too many wires on it for a single speed version. May be a three speed but they just label it differently depending what washer it's going in? Would like to see a photo of your motor harness connector clearly showing the wiring.

 

Eric

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  So it looks like on this chinese motor, the black receptacle is the switch but the motor centrifugal mechanism operates it differently than the "standard" Whirlpool motors. It doesn't use the white pivoting lever arm like the switches we are used to. Clearly, this motor is multi-speed based on the number of wires but the washer in question only uses high speed.

 

WhirlpoolChineseMotor4.jpg

 

WhirlpoolChineseMotor5.jpg

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you are all over it eric, thats exactly the motor in question, I can set it up, and get a humm, like the switch is not made for start winding, through the cin. switch. I'm suspecting too the wire going to the switch could be getting loose. What i have done is removed the water pupm and spin the motor and it will run fine. I test and test.. one more test, shake the unit move it around and can't get it to fail. But load it on a customers truck have them take it home and they call you. It won't do anything. This is a resale unit for me, but I sure scrached my head wondering if i was ever going to get a grasp on washer motors, if they kept on doing junk like this. Thanks for all the help and wisdom.

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thats the same wire set up I have estate mod etw4400wq1 two speed, ser #c03221644.  I need to brush up on how to find the age of a machine by serial number so I can tell customers how old the machine is.  I've started telling them the older the more reliable. lol..

I hate seing the old ones on trailers going to scrap yard.

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  You need to make some voltage checks to determine where the problem is when the unit is failing to start. Could be the motor switch, timer, capacitor, motor or wiring issue (bad connection). See if you can take the cover off the start switch. On the old style, they just come right off after you remove the screw. The contacts are inside as in this photo of an older one with dirty start switch contact. The W in that model number means that model was introduced in 2009. Your serial number indicates it was actually manufactured in August 2010. The new Whilrpool belt drive design was introduced in 2010 and started with an X in the model numbers.

 

Eric

 

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Do you have a print for this model. I dont have one and was trying to figure out if in fact this is a two, speed mtr, I concluded it is not, the machine control panel says its a two speed, but since the motor switch box, (black) has not got any switches, I dont see how it can be two speed. looking at pic of black box switch you have posted. right side Brn goes to switch in motor, come out to first left side black, which is jumpered to second black in the box. Black wire is the start winding.

Red wire is the black white from motor

Blue normal high hot.

yellow is start winding back side normal

white is white netural feed

Im also wondering if there is an overload, my guess is no, dont see one

The wire harness that connects to the box doesnt have enough wires to be two speed

This may be a good case for false advertising,

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... Do you have a print for this model.

... I dont have one and was trying to figure out if in fact this is a two, speed mtr, I concluded it is not,

... the machine control panel says its a two speed,

... Im also wondering if there is an overload

1) same wiring diagram as: http://appliantology.org/files/file/1026-kenmore-washer-11029422801-tech-sheet/

2) original is one speed, replacement is two speed (only one speed used)

3) does it say "two speed" OR does it say Normal & Delicate cycles ?

4) overload is built into the Motor

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  Washer is advertised as "2 Wash/Spin Speed Combinations". This is BS. The timer does have an intermittent agitate for gentle cycle in which it agitates for a bit, then pauses for a bit. I guess that's their "second speed". Doesn't do it in spin though.

 

Eric

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Sold this washer to a friend of the family, it ran four times for her, then motor burnt up, blew capacitor.  Oh and I hit a speed bump in the trailer park, bounced the unit up,  hooked up the water line had a leak . The water dispenser, with inlet valves attached has a tab on top, that mounts into the back frame. when it broke off it left a hole in the resivor.  Used plastic epoxy to repair the hole.    NIGHT MARE..  this unit just went up in price. :rocketwhore:

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