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GE Washing Machine Replacement Motor - Capacitor? Relay? Schematic?

I am replacing a "clutch-type" GE washing machine motor with a newer "clutch-less" motor. Does the new motor need a Capacitor and Relay? If it does need these, how can I get a wiring schematic or diagram showing how I connect the Motor, Capacitor, Relay, and Washer to each other?

The replacement motor is a used one with only a partial wiring harness - sadly for me, it did not come with a capacitor, relay or wiring instructions.

GE Washer Model: WCSE4160B1WW

Original Clutch-type Motor: 5KH61KW2516HS
- this motor had a rectangular connector block with 6 contacts/wires

Replacement Clutch-less Motor: 5KCP160FFA001AS
- this motor has a square connector block with 7 contacts/wires

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  • wardw1946 Oct 04, 2008

    To: SearsTechToo



    Thanks for you comments.



    From some other online searches, I've seen several times that the WH20X10009 and the WH20X10006 clutch-type motors were replaced with WH49X10035 Motor Assembly which has the WH20X10019 clutchless motor, WH12X10212 Capacitor, and WH12X10213 Relay... basically when they get rid of the clutch, there is a starting torque problem, so the relay and capacitor give the motor an extra boost for starting... here's a sample of the kind of words I've seen:



    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • WH49X10035

  • * Includes motor (WH20X10019), capacitor (WH12X10212), wiring harness, and mounting hardware
    * Clutch not included
    * Used on 1995 and later GE brands clothes washers
    * Replaces part numbers WH20X867, WH20X10009, and WH20X10006
    * On Diagram, #630

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



    So that's why I went the way I did. The 7th extra wire coming out of the WH20X10019 clutchless motor is gonna go to the relay or capacitor somehow and then from the relay it will connect to the washer control circuit with same 6 original wires I think. Since I posted the question, I got lucky recently and found an electrical guy who accomplished the same upgrade about a year ago, and he is searching for the wiring diagram he used. Hopefully I can repeat his steps.



    I didn't really want to go the "used" route either, but I could not see spending $263 to put a new motor into a used washer. If the used motor, capacitor and relay work out for me, I'll end up spending only around $75... and I'll be getting rid of any future clutch problems but I still need to find the wiring diagram for the WH49X10035 Motor Assembly to be able to pull it off... again, thanks for your feedback!

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    Hello, did you find out what to do with the extra wire? I know what you mean....the extra wire is BLACK on the new motor, 7 wires go to the control board.

    On the old Motor: wh20x10009, there are Six Wires going to the control board...it does not have the extra black wire that the new motor does

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    This washing machine (located in Havana, Cuba) exploded the capacitor, a piece next to the motor. My friend has asked me to buy the replacement part: Capacitador 33 + 14 uf 300 volt. Can you tell me WHERE I might find such a part? I am located in Central Mexico but can order and have shipped from anywhere. Thank you!

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    The new units have all of your schematics, capacitor and a higher price for a reason. With GE I avoid used parts because there is so much electronics you don't want to fry. The wire harness leads match the old and there should not be an extra wire, were would it go if there is not a receptacle for it?
    I looked up your unit and the motor replacement is WH20X10009 for the model you quoted. As of now GE is has updated this to model wh20x10006 for around 263 dollars.

    Posted on Oct 03, 2008

    • John Robbins
      John Robbins Oct 04, 2008

      Cool, the clutch does save wear on the motor and is a basic two speed transfer case.

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