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Washer will not spin


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#1 rkt

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:00 AM

Hello,

My Kenmore washing machine will fill with water and drain, however, the machine will not spin/move during the wash cycle and it will not spin/move during the drain cycle.  A couple of years ago, I encountered a problem similar to what I am experiencing today.  I replaced the coupling and the washer started to work properly.  I have taken the washer apart and noticed that the coupling does not appear to be damaged the way it was the last time.  None of the teeth seem to be broken nor is the black rubber severely damaged (there was some rubber fragments/dust present).  Is it possible that the problem exists with the lid switch, how can I make a positive diagnosis between the coupling and the lid switch?

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:20 AM

Probably a bad lid switch. This page will help you check/replace it: http://fixitnow.com/...-or-kenmore.htm

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:35 AM

Thanks for the quick response.. I can still hear the switch click when I raise and lower the washer lid, does this mean the switch is not broken?  In addition, I hear a humming sound when I try to activate the wash/spin cycle..does this help identify the exact problem?

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:59 AM

The washer makes a sweaking noise when the wash cycle is activated, however, cylinder is not spinning/washing nor is the agitator turning....

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 08:11 AM

Could be transmission trouble, this page will help you check it: http://fixitnow.com/...t-drive-washer/

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 08:53 AM

I took apart my agitator shaft asy. and three of the four dog, agitator clutch pieces are broken, everthing else appears to be okay.  If I replace the clutch pieces (4) will this solve my problem?  Does the broke dog pieces prevent the washer from spinning? 

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:18 PM

Well,

I replaced the cam dogs in the upper agitator and the lower/upper agitator is still not working.  I took apart the motor and the direct drive coupler is in good condition, however, the agitator shaft does not spin when I rotate the coupler.  Due to the fact that my washer assembly is completely broken down, what is the best course of action, taken in consideration everything that has been done thus far? 

Recap:

Coupler in good condition

Replaced cam dogs

Lid switch clicks and seems to be working

Water fills the tub and drains, timer appears to work properly

Wash cycle activates, however, the machine does not move


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Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:34 PM

did you actually remove the drive coupler and check it? i've had them strip or break at the shaft end.  however, the symptoms do sound like a free wheelin' tranny.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 05:10 PM

Bad tranny, how old is the washer, warranty is 5 years..
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Posted 13 September 2006 - 05:30 PM

Pull off the cabinet, jump out the lid switch harness, put it into a spin cycle and look at the drive coupling. Does it turn the transmission? Can you see the trans's input shaft turning? I can't imagine a WP Direct Drive trans would fail simultaneously for both spin and agitate functions.
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:12 AM

It turns out the the coupler was the problem, stripped.  However, I have encountered two more issues now that the coupler is fixed.  The washer is now leaking somewhere around the bottom of the tub, it's definitely not the hoses or pump.    Secondly, the washer shakes very bad when it is in the spin cycle.

Thanks for your help!

 





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