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Member Since 02 Jul 2013
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#323414 Kenmore 90 series motor and coupler out (model 110.20902990)

Posted by Pamzella on 29 June 2015 - 11:42 PM

Well it took a bit to get to it, but it was just the coupler!  Not sure why the motor sounded so different this time, but when we opened it up, the coupler rubber had broken into 4 pieces in place, but the plastic parts had not-- in the past, the plastic had been in pieces as well.  With that helpful video, we were done in under thirty minutes and several loads of clothes that smelled like campfire are getting cleaned as we speak.  THIS time, we checked everything you all suggested, to see if things were spinning correctly, etc. and everything else looks like working order.  When we put the washer back, we also checked that it was level to make sure that wasn't causing any added stress-- it was ok.  I love to do late-night laundry to use electricity during off-peak hours, so to have my at-home laundry setup back in order is FANTASTIC.  I am very appreciative of this forum and it's members helping me learn.


Two orphaned socks were found under the dryer that we couldn't see due to the shadow of the washer, so bonus!  

#322092 Kenmore 90 series motor and coupler out (model 110.20902990)

Posted by Pamzella on 10 June 2015 - 11:44 PM

Nope, no kids.  Thanks all!  I took my dirty clothes to the 'rents to get by, and will get a motor and materials and get to it next week.  If something strange happens I'll report back!  

#260668 Kenmore 90 series appears to need another coupler... what did we miss?

Posted by Pamzella on 10 July 2013 - 12:09 PM

donn- when we get thing spinning again, we will certainly check out that possibility and if it behaves as you mention, we'll put that on the repair list promptly, too.


I live in a big city, my "help" is a retired contractor, we purchased the part originally from a wholesale appliance parts store with his license.  They have been helpful, in fact, suspecting the coupler of failing the first time the washer died--  but we clearly did not install it right--- and donn, knowing my stepdad's love of grease I suspect this would also have applied to the last installation.  We did order a coupler from Repair Clinic but also took the one my stepdad had picked up back to the wholesaler and explained we wanted one with a metal ring and he pulled out what we wanted and was understanding and swapped it.  We'll have a backup now, too.  


A few days still before all the parts we ordered get here, but I am so grateful for all the help!  And to know that accessed correctly this isn't going to be as hard as it was the first time.

#259826 Kenmore 90 series appears to need another coupler... what did we miss?

Posted by Pamzella on 03 July 2013 - 12:55 AM

I got it used from a friend about 19 months ago, model 110.20902990. About 11 months ago I needed a new coupler for the washer-- my stepdad (contractor) and husband replaced it. All worked fine. Less than a year later, it will again not spin or agitate again. I only caught it at the end of a load which drained but the clothes were more wet than usual, there were and are still no odd sounds, the tub just doesn't move. I do not *think* I have overloaded the washer, but I cannot say it didn't happen ever.

We have not opened it all up again, but the lid switch appears fine. I learned that my husband put the washer on it's back (something to protect the hose ends) while doing the previous repair after having trouble on it's front, and read a thread (I think here) that said not to do that because it will break something else/not align something right in the end.

I know the coupler part is not expensive, it's just the labor taking it apart. Can we improve our chances of longevity by avoiding common mistakes we might have made in the installation last time? I'm reading about people hammering on the coupler "just so". Is being on it's back a mistake, and is there a better way? Are there other parts we want to consider replacing this time around as well if it's not overloading that has caused the failure? I have time to help but mechanics is not my strong suit and I can't do this alone. I know this isn't a fun repair process for the "free" help, but the reviews on new washers really make me want to keep this one alive.

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