Washer was working just fine last night and all the sudden it stopped. It also started making a strange broken gear sound. Washer does not spin but cont. to make this strange niose. Washer Model Whirlpool LSR8233EZ1 What could be wrong! Thanks
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Your motor coupling is broken. You machine does not have a belt. this part does the job of a belt. it is between the motor and the gearcase. The part # is 285753a if I remember correctly it cost about 20 bucks . If you are handy you can do it yourself and save 150 in labor.
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Check for broken/disconnected springs, disconnected/faulty shock absorbers (dampers). For this you have to disconnect the mains power and open up the machine. Spares can be obtained from this very site - Fixya.
This washer is easy as heck to repair. Don't be scared to repair this washer. You could have a broken brake cam driver. To inspect it you remove the agitator and drop the Tranny. Hay you already had the motor and pump off there so 4 more bolts (3 for the tranny and 1 for the agitator) Slide out the tranny and check the brake cam actuator. The little ear on it breaks off and won't release the brake. The part is held with a small easy to remove C clip. The next thing to do is remove the clutch and tranny cover. Inspect the main drive gear and pinion. If that seems to be good remove the main drive gear and look for a smashed down spin pawl.Under that main drive gear is 3 spin bosses. over time the spin pawl takes a beating catching the boss as the neutral pack pauses from pump out to spin. This is the flip side of the main drive gear. Note the 3 notches. These are claeed bosses. Older model washers would spin and drain at the same time. Newer washers will allow the water to be pumped out first by keeping the spin pawl in check. A built-in pause allows the cent force to toss out the spin pawl where is can catch a boss and take off like Moody's goose in a tailwind. Nothing is hard about repairing this washer. Video, bad main drive gear: I have a service manual and more HERE
Motors hum, and your right, it could be no worse than normal.
I would be suspect that there is a gear stripped in the gearcase, since this is a direct drive washing machine.
Reassemble the motor back onto the washer. Run it through a cycle manually (rotate the timer by hand) until the motor turns, then look to see if it's turning. If it is, or even more so, if it pumps water out of the tub, then it is probably the stripped out gearcase.