Question about Kenmore 3.2 cu. ft. Plus Top Load Washer
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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this is a collapsed drum bearing, one of the most costly of the repairs apart from the timer and motor, not normally a job for the diy man unless has an engineering background, sorry, the cost of repair depends on the age and replacement cost of a machine, a bit like a car, would you buy an engine for a 20 year old car, if you have a machine thats expensive then the repair could be worth it? stop running it you will cause more damage both to the clothes and the machine sorry (ps i am a retired appliance engineer of 20 years service)
Posted on Sep 19, 2007
if its less than 15 years old its a direct drive whirlpool, no belt, remove the cabinet, not the back panel. look up direct drive whirlpool washer cabinet removal on internet, and replace the coupler, most likely, if it drains.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Please see the Whirlpool Service Manual for top load, direct drive washers.
Also see the Whirlpool Parts list for their commercial washers although the consumer models use the same parts.
The problem points to a worn Agitate Cam.
Whirlpool part number 62580/01. This is a plastic set used to raise the agitate gear on the shaft.
The cam is a two piece plastic part that lifts a gear above the main agitate assembly in the transmission so that the agitator doesn't turn during the spin cycle.
We had the same problem. The cams had worn enough that they weren't lifting the gear (less than 1/16").
They aren't expensive at all but do require pulling the transmission.
See the following for a description of how to remove the transmission.
You don't have to remove the tub!!
Remove the clutch (the spring holding the clutch to the spin pinion is a bear to replace.
Remove the 8 transmission screws carefully, the transmission is full (15 oz.) of 80-90 weight oil.
Remove the transmission cover.
Pull off the spin pinion.
Push down on the agitate spring and remove the spring clip. Note where is attaches to the main shaft.
The two plastic agitate cam parts pull right off. Don't lose the washer on top of the cams.
Replace the cams, washer, spring and clip, pinion, oil (assuming you drained the oil first), cover and clutch parts.
Line up the transmission so that the release cam on the brake drum will snap onto the clutch spring retaining clip and put all parts back in the washer.
The basic tools are screwdriver, small socket set with up to a 1/2" socket, vice grips or good pliers (to remove and replace clips)
It may seem like a difficult job but it really isn't. It is a bet messy but it's a lot less expensive than a $170 transmission.
Posted on Nov 06, 2009
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