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Whirlpool washer Ultimate Care II drains but doesn't spin. Loud grinding noise. Is it the coupler or the transmission? Or something else. The machine is probably a 2004. We bought new March 2005.

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The coupler would be an easy assessment to consider. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385252-replacing_motor_coupling_whirlpool_top

I posted the link that explains how to replace a coupler, because it also explains how to get to it. It is common for these couplers to break over time. Either, the plastic pieces break, or the rubber bushing shears apart. A common sign is to find black filings under the washer. Another common problem with earlier models, is the center hole in the coupler rounds out and begins to slip on the transmission or drive motor shaft. The manufacturer has come out with an improved coupler that has a steel grommet in the center. The part number is provided with the link. I hope this helps you. Let me know if you require further assistance.

NOTE: If it is determined that the coupler is NOT bad, the gearcase (transmission) would be your next logical choice. I can also explain how to replace one of these (if required). It's not a difficult job.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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