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WhirlpoKenmore washing machine -- can hear motor running, nothing happens

Whirpool (and Kenmore, which are made by Whirlpool) washing machines do not have belts to drive the transmissions. They use a motor coupling, which is a common failure point on them. If this happens, it is a cheap (about $20) and easy fix. First, tilt the washing machine back and block it up safely. Next, locate the motor. There will be two steel clips holding the motor on. Each of these clips has a 5/16" (8mm) bolt holding it. Remove the bolts and pry the clips off, being careful to support the motor (it would hurt if it landed on your head) Pull the plastic halves off of the motor and transmission and discard along with the rubber disc that goes in between them. Put one of the new plastic pieces on each side, making sure that it is all the way on. install the rubber disc then the motor, making sure to line the prongs up with the holes in the disc. Snap the clips back into place and reinstall the bolts. Now do your laundry (after releveling the machine, of course)

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    Drive pulleys
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    Clutch If your washer was made by GE®, it may use a clutch for agitating the clothes. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the washer from agitating well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.

    Drive motor Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.

    Drive pulleys The motor or transmission drive pulley may be worn and unable to turn the drive belt. If so, replace the pulley.

    Transmission The transmission could have either of these problems:

    • Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may not agitate properly or at all.


    • The transmission may have a worn or broken gear, or some other internal problem.


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