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Drive coupling replacment

Top load clothes washers built under the Kenmore and Whirlpool brands (among others) for the past 20 years use a direct drive transmission rather than a belt drive system. In place of the belt a coupling is used. This coupling can wear or break just as belts can wear and break. The following will aid in replacing the coupling.

-Run the machine in a drain/spin cycle to remove as much water as possible

-Unplug the power cord, if you wish to have more room to work it may be beneficial to remove the hoses from the machine as well (your call)

- Tip the machine up so you can work under the front, be sure to support it so it does not fall on you. You can also lay the machine down while working on it, just be sure lay it down slowly and gently.

There is a diagram at the bottom of these instructions, the numbers in parenthesis on these instructions refers to the part number on the diagram.

- In the front center bottom you will see a white colored pump (22) with 2 hoses on it. There are spring clips(21) that will release the pump, use a flat blade screwdriver to pry them off then pull the pump straight off the motor. You can leave the hoses on or if you want more room you can take them off, but you will need some towels to clean up the water if you take them off.

- Remove the 2 screws (23) from the clips holding the motor on. Unclip the wire harness (20) from the motor and pull off, it may be stiff.

- Remove the 2 spring clips (17) from the motor the same way you took them off the pump. Pull the motor off.

- You will see one plastic piece on the motor, the same plastic piece on the gear case and a rubber isolater between the two. The new coupling will come with all three pieces, be sure to replace all 3, The plastic pieces will pull off the motor and gear case, you may need to use a screwdriver to help pry it off. Push the new plastic parts onto the motor and gear case. You may need to gently tap on them to get on, the hole in the new part should go all the way onto the shaft so the end of the shaft is even with the coupling. Place the rubber isolator on the couple piece that is on the gear case. Now this next part can be a bit tricky. Turn the coupling on the gear case so one of the holes is at the top (12 o'clock), turn the coupling on the motor so one of the pins is on the top. Line up the motor and push it straight on until the motor is flush against the plate, it make take a couple of tries to get the coupling pin to go into the hole on the isolator. Once in place reinstall the spring clips (17) the screws (23) the wiring harness (20) the pump (22) and the clips (21).

- Stand machine back up and reconnect all hoses and cords.

- Enjoy a working washer again.


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I had junk back up into the tub and stick to the clothes.


This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

See the section for the basket and tub assembly's

Over time "gunk" can build up under the agitators and inside the tub. (Our 12 year old washer was extremely built up when we had to repair the transmission.

I'd remove the cabinet, agitators,pump, motor, transmission, drive assembly, and tub to give it a good cleaning.

It's not as daunting as it sounds.

See the following for how to pull all the components:

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

You don't have to buy a special spanner wrench to remove the spanner nut. I've used a short 10" pipe wrench hooked over one of the tabs on the spanner nut, tap the handle with a hammer and it should loosen.

Also, don't directly hit the drive block with a hammer. Use a short piece of wood under the drive block and tap up on the wood.

Check the hoses leading to and from the pump also.

As an aside, see the following Whirlpool Service Manual for top load direct drive washers.


https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf



Apr 01, 2010 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Washer won't agitate. New transmission...new timer.


This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Top load, direct drive Whirlpool / Kenmore washers use a reversing motor.

It turns one way for agitating and reverses for draining and spinning.

It sounds as if either the motor is shot or one of the connectors is bad.

As a place to start, see the Whirlpool Service manuasl (with wiring diagrams) for their top load, direct drive washers.

WHIRLPOOL INST AND MAINTENANCE INCLUDING HOW TRANSMISSION WORKS

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf


WHIRLPOOL TRANSMISSION DESCRIPTION AND SPRINGS

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/2550f737b3129b0c85256b0600504738/$FILE/787772%20%234.pdf

Feb 13, 2010 | Kenmore 24832 Top Load Washer

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Washer will not spin or agitate. Pump works.


This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

First, see the following Whirlpool Kenmore installation and service manual for top load, direct drive washers.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

If it drains and you can hear the motor trying to turn the transmission for the agitate mode, the obvious first answer is the Motor coupler. I'd replace it just to be sure.

If it's not the Coupler, the problem points to the transmission itself.

There are only two components of the gearcase that are used for both agitating and spinning.

One is the Agitator shaft which drives the agitator and holds the spin pinion that drives the clutch for spinning.

The other is the main "Bottom and pinion gearcase" itself.

Please see the following Whirlpool parts list for commercial top load direct drive washers although the consumer models use the same transmission parts.

http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/assets/pdfs/literature/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%20W10114743.pdf




Oct 24, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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my washing machine spins but does not aggitate what do i need to do?


This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Also see the Whirlpool / Kenmore installation and operations manual for top load direct drive washers.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

Also look at the Whirlpool parts list for top load direct drive commercial washers (the consumer model is basically the same.)

http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/assets/pdfs/literature/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%20W10114743.pdf


The Whirlpool / Kenmore top load direct drive washer uses an agitate shaft from the transmission with splines on its' top that fit into slots in the agitator. If the slots in the agitator are damaged / worn, the washer may not agitate.

Remove the fabric softener dispenser, remove the top agitator cap (a short screwdriver works well), and you'll see a 1/2" square drive bolt. Use a 1/2" socket extension to remove the bolt, pull up on the top agitator and carefully turn it over. You should see four plastic "dogs" that allow the top agitator to turn one way only. If they are worn, they are easily replaced.

After removing the top agitator, you should see a bolt (I think it's 5/8").

Carefully remove the bolt and the rubber washer under it and the main agitator should come off. You'll see the top of the transmission agitator shaft with it's splines. Check them and the slots inside the main agitator.

If the splines on the transmission agitator and main agitator are OK, the washer spins and drains and the timer moves through its' cycle, the problem points to an agitate gear in the transmission itself.

See the parts PDF for the transmission.

Replacing the gear in the transmission is a bit complicated (and messy) but it's a lot less expensive than a $170 transmission.

If you decide that you want to work on the transmission (it's not really that hard) post another question on Fixya and I or someone else should be able to walk you through it.

Oct 09, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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