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Won't spin clothes dry... possibly bad wiring??

I started a load around noon and when I came home (hours later around 6pm) the machine was making noise like it was still spinning, but when I looked in, the drum was just sitting there and the clothes were soaking wet. It would tumble the clothes left to right a few times, but when it was supposed to spin real fast it just sat there and made noise and never stopped. My husband took off the back panel and spun the drum and moved the wires. We decided it was the wires since it worked when he?d hold them down. He unplugged them to see if they were dirty or not connected right and when he plugged them back in it wouldn't spin again. As far as the wiring goes, what do we check first? Or do we just need all new wiring (is that something easier to just buy all new of, like a kit sort of thing) and how much would than run us?

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Perfect timing for the above problem and solution. My front loading Kenmore model 417.4104200 would, during the final spin time, tumble in one direction a few times then stop and reverse tumble and repeat the cycle until the cycle completed. There would be no abnormal sounds during this time. The drum would not spin at either normal or high speed. The one sentence in the comments from 'catriver' that saved me was, "This model will not go into high spin if the pressure switch detects there is water in the tub." Sure enough there was still very wet towels in the tub. I checked the water pump and found a paper clip which was preventing the pump from pulling the water from the tub. Once the clip was removed, the spin function began performing fine. If I were to do this again, I would try to avoid removing the rubber bellows. It turned out fairly difficult to re-install after I removed and cleaned it. Replacing the clamps without the correct tool was the problem. It looks like the pump can be removed and cleaned out with the bellows still attached.

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Re: Won't spin clothes dry... possibly bad wiring??

Casa, make sure your model number starts with 417.43042 otherwise this post is trash. First have your husband drop the bottom panel and check the drain pump for debris, coins, etc. This model will not go into high spin if the pressure switch detects there is water in the tub. There was also a service flash out on this model regarding the timer not advancing. This had to do with electrical noise generated by the opening and closing of the timer contacts. This sent corrupt signals to the motor controller and the washer would stall in cycle. They corrected this problem by adding 3 jumpers to the motor controller. Part 134306000. My feeling is that you have a pump drain issue, but it's hard to tell without being back.

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I have this very issue on the final spin of the regular wash cycle. Tub will not go into high speed spin because there is water in the tub. Select a different cycle and no problem pumping and spinning. Why is my washer not high speed spinning on the regular wash cycle but it will on the other 2 cycles?

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