Question about Kenmore 43142 Front Load Washer
If the "door lock" light is not on, the motor won't engage. These are notorious for door lock failures. However, if the door IS locking, and you have no agitate OR spin, you'll need to go a bit deeper. ---> With the front panel removed, turn the timer to Regular wash and allow it to fill. Then, with a volt stick (google it), probe the wire harness that goes to the motor. If the tip glows, you know you are getting power to the motor, but it is not responding to it. A new motor and motor controller is the fix for that. If the probe does NOT glow, the controller isn't sending power to the motor. (BTW, the motor controller is the 6" X 8" computer box in the back right corner)Why? Using your volt stick, probe the wire harness that comes FROM the timer into the controller. If it glows, you know the timer is TRYING to power up the controller but the controller isn't responding... back to changing out the motor and controller. If the probe does NOT glow, you know the timer is not sending power to the controller. In that case, it would be a defective timer. Replace it and all is well in the world. I'll warn you that a timer is much more difficult to replace than you'd think... AND I've only seen 1 failed timer since working on these. Most likely a failed door lock.
Posted on Jul 29, 2007
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