Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
I've taken the washer apart, the motor shaft spins and it sounds like the pump is operating as well.
What does a worn out coupler look like? Not sure if that is the part that needs to be replaced.
What is the best way to test to see if the motor needs to be replaced?
The motor coupling is located between the back of the drive motor and the front of gearcase (transmission). It is a small component comprised of two plastic three-tined pieces with a black rubber bushing between them. When a coupler goes bad, the washer will fill and drain normally, but will not agitate or spin. The washer will exhibit a loud rattling sound after it fills and gets to the agitation portion of the wash cycle. It is common to find black rubber dust particles under the washer, or chunks or pieces of the coupler plastic. Sometimes, the coupler may look good in place, but the center hole that inserts on the motor shaft rounds out, causing the coupler to free spin. If these descriptions sounds like your washer symptoms and you suspect you have a bad coupler, the following link explains how to replace one:
Earlier model motor couplers were notorious for breaking. The manufacturer came out with a newer model that is more resilient. The part number is provided in the link. Replacement parts can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, appliancepartspros.com, pcappliancerepair.com or repairclinic.com. All these sites offer great service and competitive pricing, so shop all of them for the best price. Use the part number I provided and the "Search By Part Number" feature for your search criteria. The part costs less than $15 in most cases. If you do not wish to order on line, take the part number I provided to your nearest appliance parts retailer. This is a common part they should carry in their inventory.
If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on May 19, 2009
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