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.
Kenmore top load, direct drive, neutral drain washers use a "Motor Coupler" which acts as a fail safe between the motor and transmission.
When the washer goes into drain / spin mode, the motor reverses itself and drives the pump.
After draining for a while the motor drives the transmission.
Since it won't agitate or spin, power isn't getting to the transmission.
This is a relatively simple and inexpensive fix for these washers.
Please see GURU JSROCK516 Description of how to remove cabinet and access the transmission. http://www.fixya.com/support/r699497-replacing_gearcase
Remove the cabinet.
Remove the pump held on by two clips.
Remove the two screws holding the motor clips on and remove the motor clips. You don't have to disconnect the motor electrical connections, just be sure that the power is disconnected from the washer.
Remove the motor and the two 1/2" bolts from the motor mounting plate.
Remove the plate.
You'll see plastic 3 pronged pieces on both the motor drive shaft and the transmission drive shaft.
Carefully remove these, I've found that using a small 6" pry bar works very well.
The rubber 6 hole piece between them is likely damaged or destroyed.
Install new plastic pieces on the motor and transmission. Use a 1/2" or larger socket to be sure to center and apply equal pressure around the plastic pieces.
Put the new rubber piece on the transmission piece.
Re-mount the motor mounting plate.
Carefully line up the plastic prongs on the motor piece with the three un-used holes in the rubber center piece and re mount the motor.
Clip the motor back on remembering to re-install the two screws in the motor clips.
Re-mount the pump using the clips that fit into the motor housing.
Re-install the cabinet, remembering to re-plug the Lid Switch and that job is done.
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
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