Question about LG WM-1832C Front Load Washer
Washing machine starts , water is let into the system and then when the wash cycle begines it seems to struggle with changing direction of the wash drum and buzzes and trys to go back and forth to change direction but wont. Sooner or later the LE error shows up in the screen and the unit stops trying to work. It seems like it doenst have to power to change the direction fo the unit. The drum rolls freely when not in use. This even happens when there are not clothers in it so it is not an overweight issue.
Trouble shooting steps for LE error on WM1832CW:
1. Open back of the washing machine and control panel. Locate two wire harness coming out of main motor and main board. Check the wires for any cuts and harnesses for any corrosion. Fix the cuts and sand the corrosion to fix the issue.
2. Check the windings on the motor by pulling 3-wire connector from main board. Check resistance between each of 3 pairs using multi meter. The resistance should be 8-15 ohms. If one or more pair has no resistance reading then the winding is burned. Replace the rotor winding.
Rotor windings can be ordered from here: http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-wm1832cw-%3d%3di1266809&PartID=1266809
3. If windings are fine then the hall sensor or speed sensor or motor sensor or sensor assembly needs to be replaced. The hall sensor sits on the inside of the rotor winding. Hall sensor has 4 wire connector attached. To remove the hall sensor: Open the outrunner or magnetic rotor from the motor first. Remove a big bolt at the center of the motor by holding the magnetic rotor. Once bolt is removed, the magnetic rotor can be removed by simply pulling it straight out. You may have to wiggle it a bit. Now remove a screw holding a wire going to hall sensor towrds bottom left of the winding. Now remove six inside bolts holding rotor windings to the drum body. The rotor windings are heavy so be careful while removing the bolts. Remove two wire connectors from the rotor windings and pull out the windings. Lay the rotor windings flat facing connector side up. Remove the hall sensor by praying out tabs.
Hall sensor can be ordered from here: http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-wm1832cw-%3d%3di1268238&PartID=1268238
Posted on May 27, 2009
Im going to try and help in a way everyone will understand without getting technical..LE...ERROR..locked motor error,,your motor works like a big version of a toy race car the one that run on the tracks with the trigger ,,eletromagnet...somewhere between the rotor the outside of motor and the stator the inside of motor..its not sendind or recieving signals...now between the inside of your motor and the main power board,,theres a sensor ,,called the hall sensor..its no more than a line fuse,,replace this first..its a couple of dollars..tryed to explain in the lightest form,,for every one,,not all of you might have this problem..but milt does ,,im onthe job
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
I called Sear's to fix it. The tech just removed and reconnect all cables on the Printed circuit board.
It is now working fine. So, probably some corrosion on connector pins on the board.,, LE error is gone!!!
Next time it does it again, I will use a "light" sandpaper to clean all external pins on the Printed circuit board. I suspect corrosion on a sensor pin...
I was surprised to see how well the machine is made!!! Even If I had that problem, I woul propably buy that type again.... At least for now....
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
I would like to say that replacing the hall sensor solved my problem, which is welcome news, since the part is only about $30. (Thanks Purvipatel!) The repair person suggested I just buy another unit, since there are many problems with this one, but the control board seemed free of corrosion and all other electronics seemed to be in good physical condition for a 4 year old unit. I ended up fixing the unit with this simple suggestion, so if it runs for several more years, it was definitely not worth ditching a $700 washer. Had this not worked, I would have continued with changing out the control board on my own, since this appears to be a simple taks, but thankfully I decided to opt for the less expensive solution first. Thanks for the advice.
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
I had the same problem with a LE error showing up and the drum of the machine jambing up like the motor was sticking. I called for a repair man and could not get a LG repair guy so i openned the machine up myself after reading some of the other advice given on this blog. My machine seemed very clean inside so i did not suspect corrosion problems to the connections and i was going to replace the sensor as suggested then i called LG. They where very helpful. It seems that i was using the wrong soap, not hE soap and i thought the way my machine sounded that this could not be fixed by simply changing the soap but it did. i needed to clear the machine by unplugging it for 30minutes, plug it back in and run it with a no spin cycle(by pressing the Spin speed button until no spin lights up) press start to empy the existing water. run it one more time with a no spin cycle to clean the sensors and after that used the correct soap and the machine is running great again.
Posted on Feb 26, 2010
I had the same problem and I replaced the hall sensor as advised, and it worked! I had trouble holding the outside of the motor still with my hands while trying to loosen the center bolt, so I used a squeeze style bar clamp with the soft plastic tips to hold it in place. That worked really well. I also had to use a small pry bar to help get it off the shaft after removing the bolt. By gently prying til it got halfway off I was able to get it the rest of the way with no problem.
Posted on Apr 23, 2010
I had the same problem with that piece of sx#2% machine. Nothing but problems since the day I bought it, had it for alnost 5 years. I wasn't going to spend a penny on fixing it. I put it out in the trash and bought a new Kenmore. Problem solved!!!!
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Hi, sorry for my english in advance,
I have the same problem for a machine i buy in 2003. I follow the instruction: find the hall sensor, command the part from LG directly. 30$ and a day later the new one arrive at home, i put it in place and i have a washing machine again.
I dont know who i have to thanks but i really appreciate your help and my budget feel good particulary 2 weeks before christmas.
Posted on Dec 16, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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