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Washer does not spin when filled with water. Makes loud noise

The washer section of my machine does not spin therefore the clothes are not being washed. Machine makes a loud grating noise when turned on especially when filled with water. The spin-dry section workes fine.

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  • Cheryl Clarke Dec 18, 2008

    Thanks for your help. I believe I will have to call in a qualified technician as suggested.

  • crowley259 Jan 28, 2009

    my washer doesn't spin at all i took it apart but there is no belt to spin it so that is not the problem. what makes the washer spin without a belt



  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    I have an old Whirlpool Washing machine, model LFA5800N1, (mid1970's) that doesn't spin. There is an accumulation of soot in the clutch. How do I clean it? Please respond ASAP as I hate going to the laundromat and have had this scenario for a couple of weeks.... thank you....

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    washing machine stopped working befire it could spin out water

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    motor want spin are fill water

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When a washing machine does not have a belt, it spins via the motor coupling. Usually when a washer is not spinning, it is caused by a broken motor coupling, which is a plastic triangular piece in the motor. It is a pain to get to, but with a little time and some instructions (search the internet for instructions for your model), the repair can cost as little at $15.

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It doesn't spin If your washer won't spin, check these:

It doesn't pump or spin
It pumps, but doesn't spin
It spins only with the lid closed
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.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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