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Kenmore Washer makes noise at start of the Spin Cycle

Normal 0 I have a KENMORE automatic washer – Model Number: 110.92291100. It is a 15 year old machine. It has been fixed twice for the same problem – replacement of motor coupling assembly. The first time, we had an applicance repairman fix it. The 2nd time about two years ago (2006), I replaced the motor coupling assembly.

Now, I have a problem with the Washer.

  • At the start of the SPIN Cycle, the washer makes a loud noise. But sevreral seconds (less than 10 seconds), when the tub is spinning faster, the noise goes away, and the tub spins fine.
  • At the end of the SPIN Cycle, when the tub is slowing down, the washer makes the same type of noise until the tub stops.
  • The noise sounds metallic in nature.


Here is the troubleshooting results that I have found and done:

  • I disassembled the washer, and checked the motor coupling assembly. Both the rubber disk and the 2 plastic disks look good. Very little wear and tear. I checked this area first, because in year 2006, I had to replace this assembly.
    • Under the washer, there was some “black” dust, which made me suspect that the motor coupling assembly in the first place.
  • While I had access to the suspension plate, I replaced all 3 suspension pads and all 3 plate pads.
  • All 3 suspension springs and the counterweight spring are in good condition.
  • I reassemble the washer, and tested it with and without a laundry load, and the same problem (making noise at the start of the spin cycle) still occurred.
  • The washing machine works fine (except for the SPIN Cycle issue). .

After troubleshooting.
  • After researching the Internet for Troubleshooting tips, I found some problem cases that suggest that the problem may be with either the Gearcase or the Brake and drive (spin) tube assemblies.
  • After reviewing the washing diagrams from my DIY manual and from a website, I felt that I can remove and replace both parts, if needed. However, the cost of either part is 1/3 the cost of new washing machine, so I wanted to make sure that I could reliably find the root cause(s).
  • I continued to research more articles on the Internet, I found a test case that suggested that “Basket Drive Block” may be problem.
    • Therefore, last night, I tried an experiment as suggested on the web site. I left the lid open, and bypass the safety spin switch with a screwdriver, and started the SPIN CYCLE (with no laundry load or no water in the tub).
    • The noise came up at the start of the spin cycle and then disappeared when the tub basket was at full spin.
    • I, then, pushed down on the agitator cap while the tub was fully spinning, and the same NOISE came back. When I took my hand off the agitator, the noise went away.
  • I remove the agitator to see if I could see anything unusual, but there was none.
  • I am hoping that the problem is with the Basket Drive block, because of the small cost to replace it.

Now, based on what I have written, can you advise me what needs to be done. I know the steps to remove the tub to remove and replace any of the above items. How can I test the gearcase or the spin tube assemblies, when I remove it? Also, is there a repair kit for the gearcase assembly?

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Its your basket drive or sometimes called brake spin tube also comes with new clutch, ,transmissions wouldn't make that noise in only beginning of spin. your on your way to being a repair tech good job

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