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No agitation or spin, but water pumps out.

Kenmore 80 Series Model No: 110.20852990 The agitator nor the spin cycle works. It does pump the water out though. I can hear the motor operate. Leads me to believe that it is possibly a defective coupling / motor isolator. Am I correct?

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  • jwilhelmi May 22, 2009

    I opened the washer and that was the problem. Thank you for your time. I will visit appliancepartspros.com for the correct part.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    jsrock - I understand the coupling replacement.  I'm having a similar problem, but when its time to spin, the water doesn't come out, nor does the inside spin.  The motor makes a wining noise for about 8 seconds before the surge protector turns off the power.  I figured it was a motor problem, but I'm woried that the transmission might be locked and that's what's stressing the motor.  If I purchase a motor, I can't return it.  Any ideas? 

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If the washer will fill and drain, but won't agitate or spin, you, indeed, may have a broken motor coupling. The noise of the motor engaging, lack of agitation and ability to still drain are the usual symptoms. This is a common fail item with this model washer through normal wear and tear. Newer versions of the coupler are more resilient and resist breaking. The following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385250-replacing_motor_coupling_kenmore_top

The motor coupling is located between the drive motor and the transmission and takes the place of a drive belt. They do wear out and can break. The replacement part number is included in the link I provided and is an improved upgraded coupling that is more resilient. It should last longer. If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

A replacement coupling can be purchased on line at appliancepartspros.com for about $11. Just use the part number in the link and "Search by Part Number" for your search criteria. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you find this information helpful. NOTE: There are other problems that can cause the washer symptoms as you describe, but the motor coupling is the least expensive and easiest solution to try first. If the motor coupling is still intact, please let me know.

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SOURCE: Kenmore washing machine 80 Series 110 20802 990 Will not agitate or spin"

You need to replace the Kenmore Washer Lid Switch. I had the same problem so being lazy I would just push down on the washer's lid and it would push the lid switch further down. making the water drain. after a while I just replaced the lid switch.

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