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Pump won't siphon water and spin cycle won't spin

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  • syversen66 May 21, 2009

    it seems the lid switch broke...was able to clamp and the pump worked. thx

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Kenmore washing machines are notorious for breaking a plastic and rubber coupler that fits between the motor and the pump. You do not have to take the top of the machine off it can be accessed from underneath.

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