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My kenmore washer series70 motor humms

I pulled the motor out re-connected it pushed the lid switch down and the motor just humms if i turn the motor shaft a few times it starts i put a new motor in and the same thing do u no if there is a start up capacitor for it

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Yes there is a capacitor on most washing machine motors on a kenmore series 70 it should be on the right front panel upright leg

Posted on Dec 06, 2012


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SOURCE: Kenmore front load washer won't start

No power Check to see whether power is getting to the washing machine. Is it plugged in? Has a fuse blown or is a circuit breaker tripped?

Lid switch If the lid switch is defective, your washer 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 washer to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it. 

Some machines have a special lid-switch fuse near the lid switch, inside the control panel. If this fuse blows, the unit won't fill with water until you replace the fuse. 

bad start switch, sometimes the contacts in the start switch will arc and burn causing starting up problems. 

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SOURCE: kenmore washer lid switch bypass failure.

HI. Check and see if you might have tripped the breaker. If there is a ground fault outlet close by. check that as well.
It sounds like you bypassed it properly. Try and reconnect the wires with the wire nut. Sometimes it doesn't connect properly.
I hope this helps you.
Please let me know if I can assist you further.


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