Sears 700 series top load washer, model 110.27711600
Fills,drains, won't spin? checked the transmission connector..it's intact .
any ideas? I noticed a rivet or shear pin in a little plastic vial hanging from a support beam under the machine. Is it a replacement for something?
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Re: sears 700 series top load washer, model 110.27711600
No that is a shipping pin when they pulled the strap those pins fall into those little cups instead of onto the floor. so it does not spin. does it agetate? if the answer is yes you probaly have a good drive coupler. Possible suspects would be a bad transmission if it is stuck in nuetral drain, clutch if you can push start the basket in spin cycle you have a bad clutch, bad drive block you need to take the agetator off and check to see if the drive block is not raised from the basket drive basket drive has 2 ears that fit into the drive block.
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To bypass the switch, you only have to disconnect the power to the washer, tilt the console back, unplug the switch and using an short piece of insulated wire, jump the two outermost contacts on the connector coming from the console and plug the washer back in.
Following is a description of how to gain access to the console and how to remove the cabinet if necessary.
Here is another PDF of the Whirlpool parts list for their commercial washers, consumer models are basically the same.
If you look at the operation PDF you'll see how the transmission works when going into the spin cycle. If the "Neutral Drain" cams are intact, they drive the main spin gear which drives the spin gear connected to the clutch.
If the main spin gear is broken (It's a metal plate surrounded by plastic gears) you would hear a major grinding noise and the washer wouldn't spin.
Opening the transmission is not difficult but is a messy job. It holds about 14Oz. of oil.
Pull the transmission, remove the clutch (there is a spring clip that holds the clutch on the main agitator shaft, remove the 8 screws carefully the transmission holds 14Oz of oil, remove the clip holding the main spin gear on and check the plastic cams.
If the main spin gear or neutral drain assembly cams are damaged, they aren't too difficult to replace.
The Whirlpool Parts PDF has part numbers for both.
The Neutral drain assembly costs about $15 which is a lot less than $170 for a new transmission.
The Main spin gear is quite a bit more but still less than a transmission.
Since it won't drain, the problem points to the lid switch. You already have the cabinet off so replacing the switch isn't too difficult. The Sears site has the Sears (and probably Whirlpool) part number.