My washing machine spins but does not aggitate what do i need to do?
This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.
Also see the Whirlpool / Kenmore installation and operations manual for top load direct drive washers.
Also look at the Whirlpool parts list for top load direct drive commercial washers (the consumer model is basically the same.)
The Whirlpool / Kenmore top load direct drive washer uses an agitate shaft from the transmission with splines on its' top that fit into slots in the agitator. If the slots in the agitator are damaged / worn, the washer may not agitate.
Remove the fabric softener dispenser, remove the top agitator cap (a short screwdriver works well), and you'll see a 1/2" square drive bolt. Use a 1/2" socket extension to remove the bolt, pull up on the top agitator and carefully turn it over. You should see four plastic "dogs" that allow the top agitator to turn one way only. If they are worn, they are easily replaced.
After removing the top agitator, you should see a bolt (I think it's 5/8").
Carefully remove the bolt and the rubber washer under it and the main agitator should come off. You'll see the top of the transmission agitator shaft with it's splines. Check them and the slots inside the main agitator.
If the splines on the transmission agitator and main agitator are OK, the washer spins and drains and the timer moves through its' cycle, the problem points to an agitate gear in the transmission itself.
See the parts PDF for the transmission.
Replacing the gear in the transmission is a bit complicated (and messy) but it's a lot less expensive than a $170 transmission.
If you decide that you want to work on the transmission (it's not really that hard) post another question on Fixya and I or someone else should be able to walk you through it.
Oct 09, 2009 |
Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer