Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
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.
Since it goes through it's cycle and pumps the water out, we can assume that the motor and timer are working. This points to two places.
There is a motor coupler (see the Sears sub category for motors and pumps in the Sears list) that provides power to the transmission from the motor. It's a fail safe device to protect both in case one of them jams.
Second, inside the transmission are a number of cams called the Neutral drain assembly that allow the machine to drain for a time and then begin the spin cycle.
On our machine, one of the cams that is supposed to have a spring didn't and the machine wouldn't spin unless frorced.
Here is a Whirlpool document with all of the components of their commercial grade washer, the consumer model is basically the same. Check the section on the Gear Case and look at item #26.
If you are relatively mechanically inclined, it isn't to hard to pull the transmission and get to the gears and cams. It's messy but can be done saving quite a bit of cash. (It cost us $15 for the assembly vs. $170 for a transmission.
Following is an excellent description from GURU JSROCK516 of how to remove the cabinet and access the transmission. http://www.fixya.com/support/r699497-replacing_gearcase
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
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