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Whirlpool LSR8444 washer, timer works but no spin or aggitation

I have a whirlpool LSR8444 top load washer, the timer is working but it is not aggitating or spinning?

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  • cjohnson426 Jul 27, 2009

    thank you for responding, yes the water comes and goes and I hear motor sound and it does seem slightly louder. Don't normally hang around to listen to it to know what is normal. I got it apart but don't see a belt.

  • cjohnson426 Jul 30, 2009

    You nailed it! Thank you for your assistance. The store where I bought the part said they sell a lot of that part.
    Thanks again

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    steve May 11, 2010

    Do you hear motor sounds? Will it fill with water? Will it pump out the water?

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Your problem is a broken drive coupling between the motor and transmission. Replace the drive coupling.

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There is a protection feature on the lid (a button/switch) that prevents the washer from spinning/ when the lid is open. When the lid closes, it resumes spinning. It could be the switch.

If you look at the lid there is a prong that goes through a little hole at the top of the washer (where you load the washer) if you run your finger underneath that hole, you will feel the switch. Carefully push the switch, back/forth/side to side and see if it start spinning for you. (KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE BARREL IN CASE IT DOES START SPINNING AGAIN). If so, the switch needs to be replaced.

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