I have a Wirlpool washer model # LA5280XTWI. The washer fills agitates, drains but wont spin, I can hear the motor working it just wont spin!!! Tis model does not have a belt. Any suggestions to what the problem is??
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Re: Washer Wont spin
The whirlpool calypso was a lemon!!! if i were you i would buy another machine. They have many problems! Pumps go out very frequently and they are over 80 dollars. Save and buy a new machine... Sorry for the bad news.
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If the washer will fill and drain, but won't agitate or spin, you may have a broken motor coupling. The noise of the motor engaging, lack of agitation and ability to still drain are the usual symptoms. This is a common fail item with this model washer through normal wear and tear. Newer versions of the coupler are more resilient and resist breaking. The following link explains how to replace one:
The motor coupling is located between the drive motor and the transmission and takes the place of a drive belt. They do wear out and can break. The replacement part number is included in the link I provided and is an improved upgraded coupling that is more resilient. It should last longer. If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
A replacement coupler can be purchased on line at appliancepartspros.com for about $11. Just use the part number in the link and "Search by Part Number" for your search criteria.
Your symptoms that indicates a broken motor coupler. If your washer will
drain and fill but has not agitation action or spinning action that
would indicate a broken motor coupler. The motor coupler links the
drive motor to the transmission.
Okay...I'm a little confused on your symptoms. You initially said it fills, but doesn't agitate or spin, but drains. Then, you finished with the washer filling, no agitate or spin, but now doesn't drain. Which one is it? The symptoms you describe are usually associated with the following: 1. Fills, may or may not agitate, won't spin or drain - lid switch. 2. Fills, may or may not agitate, won't spin, but still drains - motor coupling. 3. Fills, may or may not agitate, won't spin or spins slow - gear case. 4. Fills, agitates, spins, but does not drain – water pump. NOTE: These are the more common failure items with these symptoms. Double check the lid switch by opening and closing the lid. You should hear a clicking noise to indicate the switch is working. The switch is located under the top panel along the wash tub rim on the right-hand side. If not, check to make sure the lid strike (small plastic piece on the lid itself) is in place. This activates the lid switch when the lid is closed. Also, check the mounting screws along the rim (there are two of them) to see if they are tight. If the motor coupling were bad, the washer would still drain, but there would be a rattling sound as the washer tries to spin or agitate. If you need replacement parts, go to searspartsdirect.com and type in your model number in the "Search by Model Number" window. The lid switch can be found under the "Top and Cabinet" heading as item number 11 (part #3949238).Instructions on how to replace are located at the following link: http://www.fixya.com/support/r385199-replacing_lid_switch_whirlpool_top If you wish to replace the motor coupling, the part can be found under the “Brake/Clutch/Gearcase/Motor/Pump” heading as item number 13 (part #285753A).If you need instructions on how to replace, just follow this link: http://www.fixya.com/support/r385250-replacing_motor_coupling_kenmore_top Now, there’s a couple of ways to drain the washer. If it’s a simple lid switch problem, you don’t need to drain the washer to replace the switch.With a broken switch repaired, the washer will run and drain by itself.However, if you wish to drain the tub you can use a shop vac to pull a vacuum on the drain hose.This may take a few times depending on the size of the shop vac.These wash tubs typically have about a 35 gallon capacity.If you do not own a shop vac, you can by-pass the lid switch by jumpering the two BLACK wires at the lid switch connector that is connected to the console.CAUTION: Make sure you UNPLUG the washer before jumpering, then plug back in. I hope this information is helpful to you.If I’m wrong about the symptoms, please post back and update me on what the washer is or is not doing, so I can assist you further.