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I have a kenmore top loading washer. I did a load and the laundry came out somewhat damp - I spun that load a second time. Then I tried a 2nd load. When i came back into the room, I smelt burning - I had thought something was on fire (not burnt rubber - more like plastic) and the washer had just stopped. It was full of water, just past the rinse cycle, about to start to spin. Now it won't work at all. Any ideas?

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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:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

The first thing I'd do is pull the cabinet off and check for a broken / damaged Motor Coupler.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

OR

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385250-replacing_motor_coupling_kenmore_top

The coupler is a three piece unit that is designed to break if there is too much load on the motor or transmission. The "burning" plastic that you smell may be the plastic pieces that mount on the motor and transmission rubbing against each other.

If the coupler is OK, a couple of other places to check are the Lid Switch, Timer and finally the transmission.

Following is the Whirlpool installation and maintenance guide (PDF) on top load direct drive washers that may give you a better idea of where to look.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf





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