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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Open your control panel.
Disconnect then reconnect your timer wiring harness.
If this does not correct the problem,replace the timer.
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump
removes most of the water) machine.
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.
This problem points to a couple of places:
The first unfortunately is the motor. Kenmore / Whirlpool top load direct drive washers use a reversing motor.
When in agitate mode, the motor turn one way, When in spin mode it turns the other way for draining and spinning.
I'd check the following first before assuming that it's the motor though.
First, I'd pull the agitators and check for worn or damaged splines inside the agitator or on the agitator shaft.
Following is a description of how to take them out.
If the agitator and shaft are OK, the problem may be in the transmission.
See the following Whirlpool / Kenmore installation and service manual for top load, direct drive washers.
I'd also look at the troubleshooting section of the manual.
Starting at page 10, you'll see a description of how the transmission changes from agitate to spin mode.
The key (and likely problem) is the "agitator spring".
The spring holds the agitate gear down so that the two sets of splines on the agitate gear are connected and the agitate rack
can turn the agitators.
See the following Whirlpool parts list for a blow-up of the transmission and how the various gears and springs connect.
See the following for how to remove the transmission and clutch.
Tearing apart the transmission is a bit messy but if the problem is the spring or agitate cams, it's a lot less expensive to
fix than a $170 transmission.
Remove the clutch (the spring holding the clutch to the spin pinion is a bear to replace.
Remove the 8 transmission screws carefully, the transmission is full (15 oz.) of 80-90 weight oil.
Remove the transmission cover and drain the oil.
Pull off the spin pinion.
Carefully remove the clip that holds the main Spin Gear on and remove it.
Push down on the agitate spring and remove the spring clip. Note where is attaches to the main shaft.
Check the spring, Agitate Cams and the cams in the Neutral Drain Assembly.
Re-assembly is obviously the reverse of taking it apart.
If you're reasonably comfortable with tools you can fix it yourself.
When we had a problem with ours, we ended up spending less than $30 replacing the agitate cams, neutral drain assembly and oil instead of $170 for a transmission. It was worth fixing.
As an aside, tearing the washer apart will give you the opportunity to completely clean it..
As to the age of the washer. Whirlpool / Kenmore washers use a part of the serial number to determine the year the washer was made..
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
Sounds like the lidswitch. As a safety, the tub will not spin if the door is up (open). In turn, it will not drain if it wont spin. This is a common problem with whirlpool washers. You can go to searspartsdirect.com to get the breakdown and order the part.
Posted on Feb 17, 2010
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