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Kenmore 80 washer needs new clutch. In need of install help...

I found out yesterday and by getting under the machine verified that the clutch on my washer needs replaced but I need to be able to replace it myself as I have absolutely no budget to hire a repair tech. I am quite savvy with this type of thing but all I could find to take off the transmission were three larger bolts and it still didn't move... Please send a link or help with how to get to the clutch... Thanks!

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    PrettyInPink May 27, 2009

    Attached are two of the inside as far as I have it down and the other of the bottom of the machine... Am I just supposed to pull the basket off of the spindle in the middle of the machine? Thanks again!

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    PrettyInPink May 27, 2009

    As far as it being clean - should have seen it when I found it at the dumpster... lol... since I have it pretty much completely apart I've been cleaning everything that I can so it will be good as new! :D
    I did get the shaft out and have the whole motor assembly out but there is a u-shaped metal clip that is holding the clutch on and I can't figure out how to get it off... So close and yet so far, right? See pic...

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    PrettyInPink May 28, 2009

    Actually, disregard last comment. Miracle of miracles - I got the part changed out and the machine back together... seems to be spinning well but I have missed something underneath that is messing with the balance... back to troubleshooting!

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    PrettyInPink May 29, 2009

    Hmmm... I didn't see anything on the top that had a spring... When it started spinning it was fine for a few minutes and then the whole basket part starting wobbling around like a tire out of balance. And that was with me holding onto the cabinet to make sure it wasn't just a leg out of balance...

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    First of all, that's a really clean machine!!

    The shaft you see in picture 1 in the middle of the transmission is the other end of the shaft sticking up in picture 2.

    Far as I remember (and I have done this specific job on this machine) the transmission just pulls straight out brnging the shaft with it.

    If all obvious bolts are loose, tap lightly on the top of the agitator shaft with a rubber hammer and see if you get any movement.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    My guess is the drive/spline shaft for the agitator is connected to the transmission. Remove the agitator, then lay the washer on it's back or side and pull the transmission and agitator shaft out in one piece.

    Have you tried that already?

    Let me know one way or other.




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Is it out of balance when it spins? If so, it could be the damper at the top of the cabinet. I believe on that unit, there is a v-shaped spring rod with a rubber cup which presses on the top back right edge of the tub and keeps it from wobbling.

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  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 29, 2009

    Have you run this washer before without the wobble?

    There should be a damper under the lid.

    If you've never run it, maybe the damper was never there.

    Do you see a spot on the back right where a rubber cup may have sat?

    Note: It doesn't look like a spring -- it's a v-shaped rod...


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You will have to take the agitator out by removing the 7/16 bolt inside it. It is attached to the top of transmission. The it should come out.

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