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Loud squealing during agitation

I have a Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care Heavy Duty 80 series washing machine circa 1993. It just started to make a very loud squealing sort of noise during any part of the cycle that requires agitation. (Actually rather like giant goose being stepped on all during the agitation part of the cycle.) What is probably causing this and how can I fix it?

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It appears your clutch assembly has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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