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Slugish spinning or no spin. Have had burning odor recently.

Could it be the clutch burned out? can i replace it myself?

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  • pyosh Feb 25, 2009

    Thanks for advice,but coupling has been replaced and problem still continued with lazy spinning.

  • pyosh Feb 25, 2009

    Thank you Guru. I will order a clutch and install it and see if it fixes the problem. Should I also replace the basket drive while I am at it?

  • pyosh Feb 25, 2009

    What should I be looking for on the cam ? Ware and cracks? Thanks for your help Guru

  • pyosh Feb 26, 2009

    Should I put some type of lubrication on the spin tube. If yes what type of grease and where can I get it? Thanks Guru

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If this is a top load machine you will need to replace the direct drive coupling on the motor.

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    steve Feb 25, 2009

    Yes, the clutch would be the next suspect part.

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    steve Feb 25, 2009

    The basket drive should be fine.

  • steve
    steve Feb 25, 2009

    Be sure and check the brake cam when you pull the clutch.

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    steve Feb 25, 2009

    Broken tips that insert into the cam holes.

    You will know it when you see it.

  • steve
    steve Feb 26, 2009

    No grease.

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