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Machine won't spin or agitate

The machine will not agitate or spin. The upper portion still moves but the base seems to be stuck. You can still here the motor when you turn the machine on, but nothing moves.

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  • steve
    steve May 11, 2010

    If this is a Kenmore or Whirlpool replace the direct drive coupling.

  • Tinnedkipper May 11, 2010

    Is this a front loader and is it the pump you can here?If you turn the drum by hand does it spin freely or can you feel resistance from the motor.Could be broken belt if free, but may be worn motor brushes.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    hi, can i have the make and model number please?

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Jumptrout51 answered befro I posted and I believe him to be correct, it makes the most sence to me. A drive coupling has to attach the motor to the transmission and pump to make agitate and spin. You are most likely hearing just the motor but its not attached to anything like it should be. On older machines this is the equalivant of a broken belt.

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