My kemore 80 series washer wont spin
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We had the same (plus another) problem with an old Kenmore
top load, direct drive,neutral drain washer.
Problem 1. Major gear sounding grinding during spin mode. Major vibration also.
Problem 2. Spin problem. Most times the washer would drain but wouldn't spin
unless the lid was raised and lowered. (According to wife, this problem has
been on-going for two years).
After checking motor coupling (a bit worn but intact), drive block (you don't
need a spanner wrench to remove it, a 12 - 14 inch pipe wrench works great)
which was OK, clutch, seemed OK, we determined that the problems were in the
Two options, 1 spend $150 plus for a transmission.
2. Open it up and see if anything seemed seriously bad.
After looking at the transmission parts list (available on a number of sites) and
on the Whirlpool site (Whirlpool makes Kenmore)
the first problem seemed to be related to the agitator cam and cam follower
not raising the agitator gear high enough (probably less than a 1/16th of an
inch) above the agitator cam.
Found the right part number (Whirlpool part # 62580 / 81) which includes both
the cam and follower. Bought one for about $10.50, installed it, put washer back
together and problem 1 was solved.
Looked again at parts list and noticed that the one of the cams in the neutral
assembly which is supposed to have a small spring, didn't on ours when we tore
the transmission apart again.
Those cams/gears etc. keep the washer from spinning until all of the water is
pumped out and then go into spin mode. Apparently, by opening and closing the
lid, torque from the motor starting throws the cams into the right gears so
that the washer will spin.
Found the part number for a kit (Whirlpool part number 388253 Neutral Assembly)
for $15.00 and replaced the cams and gears.
Put the washer back together and I now have a happy wife. Everything works as
NOTE. Fixing the washer takes a little mechanical ability (wrenches, socket
sets, screw drivers, vice grips, short pipe wrench) and a solid desire to save
All told parts cost less than $30 (I also replaced the old transmission oil
with 80-90 weight oil from an auto parts store) saving over $125.
Sep 15, 2009 |
Kenmore Washing Machines