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Whirlpool washer will not go into spin cycle by itself

Washer would not spin. It washes, agitates, drains, but will not spin unless you keep working the timer. It does this with or without clothes in the washer. The clutch was bad. I changed it along with the coupling which was worn just a bit. I also changed the brake cam driver which came with the clutch kit. I also changed the timer which had burnt contacts. I bypassed the lid switch to see if it was bad, but it is working. When it finally does spin it spins up to all speeds just fine. Can this be a gearcase problem? With the lid open and the lid switch bypassed I watched the timer go to spin, the motor spins but does not disengage the brakes because I tried to spin the basket by hand and it would not move. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve Stetina

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  • poncho1010 Oct 23, 2008

    I took the pump off and turned the motor shaft clockwise with a pair of pliers, the clutch disengaged the brakes and the tub seemed to turn easy enough. I turned the shaft counterclockwise and the agitator turned freely. I found 2 wires with bumps in them and with the washer spinning I tried bending them and pulling them but the washer kept spinning. Their does not seem to be any break in them. If the washer won't go into the spin cycle with a load of clothes, what can the problem be then?

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If you changed the clutch and gearcase is trying to spin could be possible bad spin tube ..ck to be sure brake is backing off remove gearcase and try turning the brake to back off drum.. tube be be binding against bearing in tub support

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