Tip & How-To about Washing Machines
Here are some step by step instructions, They seem daunting, but what do you have to loose by trying yourself?
Accessing this part requires you to first flip up the control panel by: Removing two phillips head screws in the front bottom corners of the control panel, or the rear lower corners of the control panel.
*NOTE for some Kenmore models it may be necessary to remove the endcap covers to expose the screws on the front of the console*
The most recent designs have spring clips under the left and right sides of the control panel that need to be depressed with a putty knife to release them. Pull the panel forward and lift to disengage the tabs at the bottom. Flip the panel upwards and it will swing back out of the way.
Next you will see one wire connector going into the top of the machine, this is actually your lid switch connector, disconnect it (all the rest of the wires will route behind the top of the machine, between the top and the rear panel).
Now using a flat blade screwdriver pry the front of the two brass colored clips towards the rear of the washer (put tip of screwdriver into front most part of clip and press handle of screwdriver towards rear of machine). The clips should pop off the top pretty easily.
Now you can open the lid and place a hand on the front of the opening and pull the cabinet forward. The entire front and side wrapper will come off the base platform and you can set it on the floor to gain access to the inside of the machine.
The bottom front of the tub is where your pump and motor are located.
You will have to un-clip the pump from the motor and pull it off and out of the way. You can leave the pump hoses connected if youd like or remove them and drain the rest of the remaining water from the tub.
Next remove the two screws that secure the motor clips to the transmission bracket. Disconnect the wires that go to the motor, and pop off the lower then upper motor mount clips- hold the motor because it will fall.
Now you can replace the coupler. The coupler is pressed on to the motor shaft as well as the transmission shaft. You may need to use a flat blade screwdriver to pry off the old one.
Use a socket larger than the shaft diameter held in place in the center of the coupler and tap with a hammer to press the new ones on. Only press them on so far that the shafts are just flush with the coupler openings. Put the rubber ring part of the coupler on the transmission side of the plastic coupler you installed and line the motor coupler up with the corresponding openings.
Lock top motor clip on first, then lower one. Re-install the screws that secure them and re-connect your motor wires, then install your pump and pump clips.
**On re-assembly look at the square of the base- the front of the wrapper goes under the square and the sides sit on top of the square.
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