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Spinning in the wash cycle

Our washing machine has stopped agitating during the wash cycle and is doing a full rotation spin. This is presenting a water problem when a fuller load is being washed because the water is being spun over the top of the inner basket. We are speculating that it might be the brake assembly but really have no expertise in this area. Any suggestions as to where to start?

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SOURCE: Washing machine fills, but won't agitate

sound like the lid switch is open, if that doesn;t fix it try the water level switch

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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sounds like you have a broken sety fo brake pads, just replaced a set today for same reason, open the lower acess panel and with a flashlight look into the bottom , your lookin for brake pads( theyre probably broken and laying under unit.)

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

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maytag washer dryer stack unit , model # lse7806ace washer fills with water but won't agitate or do anything else. I had the same problem a year ago and replace the lid switch asssemby and fuse and it worked fine until now. the switch clicks when I open and close the lid and the pink and orange wires show continuity with the lid closed.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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HI. thanks for the question. well, not good news for you. the transmission has failed. has broken a gear inside. very costly .suggest buying new. A roper washer. good price. good washer. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer thanks.

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

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Posted on May 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Kicking out water during wash cycle - spin instead of agitation

Try these

  1. Check the drain hose, it should be at least as high as the top of the wash tub, about 38 inches.
  2. The drain hose must sit loosely in the house drain. Do not seal the air gap around the drain hose or a siphon will occur.
  3. Check the drain control lever
  4. Test the drain control coils
  5. Check the cam bar
pls rate my suggestion..

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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Did you replace the clutch, just trying to get a feel for your hands on experience with the machine? If you did the work did your machine use the upper roller clutch bearing along with the clutch pulley mounted roller clutch bearing?

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