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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: ESTATE TAWS800JQ1 WILL NOT 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:
Posted on May 27, 2009
if it cuts off the water ok and motor running
it could be a coupling .
if no motor noise
could be motor .
Posted on Jun 16, 2009
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Getting to the Lid Switch on these machines is about a 5 minute job.
First, unplug the machine.
Looking at the Sears diagram for the console, you'll see that underneath the corners of the console are two clips. Using a thin putty knife, push on these clips from the front and the entire console should tilt backward.
Looking at the diagram for the cabinet, you'll see the lid switch.
Although most top load / direct drive Whirlpool / Kenmore washers only use the lid switch during the spin mode, yours may be a bit different.
See the following Whirlpool service manual for the top load direct drive washers.
Usually, the problem with these washers not agitating points to the Motor Coupler.
Since you already have the console tilted back, it's another 5 minutes to pull the cabinet off and check the coupler.
See the following.
If the coupler is worn or damaged, replacing it takes about 10 minutes .
Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive washers use a "Motor Coupler" between the motor and transmission. It's used as a fail safe device and consists of three parts. Two of the parts are the same, plastic units with three prongs that fit on one of the motor output shafts and the other on the transmission input shaft. Between them is a rubber piece with six holes. The power from the motor is transmitted through the rubber piece to the transmission.
The other shaft on the motor directly drives the pump.
If the motor coupler is broken, or worn, the motor may not be able to send full power to the transmission for agitating or spinning. Hitting the cabinet may allow the coupler to grab and transmit power.
See the following for how to remove the cabinet, pump, motor and motor mounting plate to inspect and replace the motor coupler.
If the coupler looks damaged, it's a relatively easy fix.
Pry the plastic pieces from the motor and transmission. Some people use a claw hammer but I've found that using a small (6 inch) pry bar works well.
Carefully fit the plastic pieces over the motor and transmission shafts and press them in place (Use a 1/2" of larger socket to put pressure equally around the pieces.
Put the rubber piece on the transmission plastic piece.
Replace the motor mounting plate.
Carefully line up the plastic prongs on the motor based plastic piece to the three un-used holes in the rubber piece. If they don't line up right, the coupler could be damaged.
Mount the motor, don't forget the two screws, put the pump back on the motor and use its' clips.
Put the cabinet back on, don't forget to plug the lid switch back in and re-mount the console.
Posted on Oct 26, 2009
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Dec 03, 2011 | Washing Machines
If the washer will not agitate, spin or drain it's a motor problem, capacitor or a broken motor coupler. It's either a loose wire connection on the start circuit or failed contact in the timer. When you say that the motor hums during spin, that would indicate that the motor has run voltage, but it has no start voltage. It needs both start and run voltage in order to get the motor started and running. The start voltage gets the motor started, and once started all it needs is run voltage to keep it running. The only difference between agitate and spin is that the polarity is reversed in order to start the motor in the opposite direction. The reversal of the polarity is controlled by timer contacts 7 and 14.
Most likely it's a timer or loose wire connection.
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