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Top load kenmore washer stopped working

The last load filled up made noise but did not agitate spin or drain. I think its a belt issue and am not sure if that is a difficult repair or not, I have done dryers not washers but the mach is 9 or 10 yr old the extra jumbo and not in the best condition though it worked well. It sounds off balance and the drain hose vibrates and slaps the back of the unit and wall loudly as it spins out larger loads and when it began to bouncing around I levelled it to the floor with a loose panel that spans the back by tipping it forward. The feet don't seem to be adjustable but the panel near the base was tipped to one side and so I evened it up as best I could and set it back upright and problem solved. That was about 10 - 15 loads ago and then the water began to not completely drain the last 3-4 loads, then it stopped working as described above. Also the basket now moves around more than it used to.

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I put in the wrong model because I was looking at the only manual I could find at home that was an installation manual so not helpful at all. However, I took off the hoses after draining it and finding wood chips in the water, etc. suspecting a pump problem or stuck line. No such luck so at that point I had to figure the motor was having an issue, as on inspection I found no belt. It seems that the series 80 super cap. kenmore is a direct drive type of unit (I guess) that's how it looks to me. So figuring I could find an adequate model on craigslist for less than a motor or the utility left in the 80, I searched and found an older Amana 2-spd in better shape and also a super cap close by for 50 cash replaced the kenmore with free/scrap sign to the curb and:Problem solved! Thanks for your consideration.

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Hi my name is joyce

sounds like you have more going on than just a belt issue, your machine sounds if it may need a lot more than just belt, but you can try that, it is not as complicated as you may think to put belt on, if you are tired of working on this older unit you may want to replace it with one that does not give you so many problems.
let me know if I can be of further assistance


joyce

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