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WONT SPIN Washer washes and fills and drains properly however when it comes time to spin it continues on as if it were washing. Ie it tumbles one direction then the other but will not spin. Door swwitch checks out and detergent tray closes properly. I suspect either the timer or the motor control module but don't know how to determine which one it is.

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Check the connectors from your control knob, sometimes they come disconnected and or short out, but the problem is most likely as you said in you motor control module, it's malfunction sounds like an electrical problem as well check all conncections/wires...hope this helps let me know if anything changes

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It can be a problem with the motor couple, or a bad bearing.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

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    Ginko Nov 25, 2008

    I would restrict the diagnosys from Repairclinic.:




  • The motor coupler may be broken. Many
    Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive
    motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of
    the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time,
    the coupler wears out and fails. You may need to replace it.



  • A belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one
    or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it
    with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts
    are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive
    belts.)



  • The clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may
    use a clutch to come up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears
    out, it may prevent the unit from spinning well or at all. If the
    clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want
    to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.



  • The drive motor may be defective. Many washer brands
    use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction,
    for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn
    out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this
    happens, you need to replace the entire motor.



  • The transmission may not be shifting properly. Older
    washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an
    electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially
    defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex
    system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a
    qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.



  • The spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or
    seized. These components allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the
    outer tub. When this is the problem, you usually hear a loud sound
    during the spin cycle. Call a qualified appliance repair technician.

  • Additionally, some models have an electronic module called Motor contropl unit, that may be faulty.

    Check particularly driving motor, motor coupler, motor control unit if present.

    If this is a belt model, replace the belt.



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it doesn't pump or spin If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:

  • If the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn't turn freely--if it's frozen or stiff--replace it. If the pump belt is broken or looks quite worn, replace it--but be sure to check the pump pulley before you change the belt.


  • If the motor isn't running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine can't spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.


It pumps, but doesn't spin If your washer pumps out the water but doesn't spin, check these:

  • The lid switch may be defective. If it is, the washing machine doesn't spin. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.


  • The motor coupler may be broken. Many Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. You may need to replace it.


  • A belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)


  • The clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may use a clutch to come up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the unit from spinning well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.


  • The drive motor may be defective. Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.


  • The transmission may not be shifting properly. Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.


  • The spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or seized. These components allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the outer tub. When this is the problem, you usually hear a loud sound during the spin cycle. Call a qualified appliance repair technician.


It spins only with the lid closed For safety, washing machines are made so that they spin only with the lid closed. The lid switch prevents the spinning action when the lid is up.

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