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  • jimcary00 Oct 05, 2009

    Couldl the problem be with the capacitor part number 376118 or # 189-227m 125v. This unit comes with a new motor or may be purchased separately?



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Well if the coupler is good then it really sounds like it could be the motor. It is not worth getting rid of the washer for a motor they are pretty inexpensive and as you have probably seen first hand fairly easy to change. I would say that would have to be your problem.

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check the lid switch. if its bad it will not spin. and also check for a broken drive coupler, from motor to the transmission. to check lid switch. pull the lid switch out. tape the 2 wires together, if it works fine then youve found the problem. good-day !

Apr 20, 2012 | Washing Machines


The washing machine wont agitate?

There are many possibilities for this problem. you will have to check all of them one by one mentioned as follows :--- There is a lid switch in the washer. The washing machine will not start spinning till the lid is closed. In some cases it has been seen that lid is closed still the washer does not agitating. in this cases the lid switch has to be checked. if the lid switch is faulty then the closed lid will not be detected by the washing machine, and it will not start agitate cycle.
But if the lid switch is ok checked, then other possibility can be fault in the motor coupler. Many a times the motor coupler is broken .The motor coupler is plastic/rubber kind of material fitted on the shaft of the motor .Check properly if the motor coupler seems cracked, worn out loose or broken then it needs to be replaced to solve the issue. But if motor coupler is checked ok then other possibility for this problem is the spinning belt. If the belt is worn out or loose or cracked/broken then it needs to replace.
Only for GE washers. In GE model washers, there is a clutch used for proper spin speed. If the clutch wears out, it has to be replaced.But if clutch/belt seems ok. then other possibility is driver motor itself .check if the motor has power if not then the motor is got internally burnt .in this case the drive motor needs to be replaced. but if drive motor is functioning properly then other possibility to be checked for this fault is the transmission shifter and pulley. If the transmission shifter becomes defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. Replacing the shifter is bit time consuming and tough job. you will require proper tools to deal with this problem.. But if the transmission shifter is properly working then other possibility to check is the Agitator itself.If the transmission is moving properly but the Agitator is getting stuck and not moving properly then its the fault in the agitator assembly that has to be replaced to solve the problem. This will help.Thanks.

on Mar 18, 2010 | Washing Machines

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My kenmore 70 series washer will not spin or agitate

if you can hear the motor running,then its the direct drive coupler between the motor and transmission that the teeth are broken off and cannot mesh, you need to remove front panel to check,but,if no motor noise,then its your lid safety switch under the top cover,you need to remove front and top cover to check

Apr 11, 2011 | Kenmore 22422 Top Load Washer

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My wm64 hotpoint washer wont spin how can i fix it

There are few possibilities which can cause the no spin problem.The lid switch, agitator couple or motor coupler. First thing to be checked is lid switch.If the lid switch is short or not getting closed, then its the cause of no spin.Check the lid switch on the machine and see if it is broken or bent. The lid switch give the washer a signal that the machine is closed.If the lid switch checks out ok, then its agitator coupler or motor coupler issue.It is composed of 3 pieces and generally costs about $15-20 for the parts. Turn the washer on its side and look between the motor and the transmission. If you see small pieces of plastic and or rubber around the area then thats the problem for sure. --------------- Press the rinse/hold button to see if the machine is paused.
Pull the drain hose out and inspect it for blockages. Remove the drain hose from the machine and look through it.----------------------This are the details to be checked.Thank you for using fixya.

Mar 24, 2011 | Washing Machines

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Washer will not spin or agitate. found a round rubber piece on floor under washer with six plastic teeth like parts that appear to be broken off.

The motor coupler is broken and the black round rubber piece you found under the washer is the rubber grommet that connects the coupler parts. The six plastic teeth are the coupler prongs, 3 for each coupler part. Replace the motor coupler.

Disconnect power and release the console from the top of the cabinet depending on the model of your machine then pull forward and up on the console and lay it back on the hinges.




Disconnect the lid switch harness connector by pressing on the tab located in the middle and pulling it up.

The cabinet is attached to the rear of the washer by two brass-colored retaining clips. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into the turned-up edge of the clip, located on both sides, and then pry back to release the clip from the slot in the cabinet.

Open and hold the lid while grabbing the cabinet front opening then tilt the top of the cabinet toward you by pulling the cabinet away from the base. This releases the front and back slots of the cabinet from the tabs in the front and back of the base. Using the side of your leg and/or body as a support for the front of the cabinet, carefully lift up and set the cabinet aside.

With the cabinet removed, pry the clips securing the pump to the motor off and remove the pump.


Disconnect the motor harness then remove the screw securing the bottom clip holding the motor and remove the clip. Hold the motor from the bottom while loosening the screw securing the top clip holding the motor. Remove the clip then pull the motor out of the washer.

Remove the broken coupler parts from the transmission and the motor shaft then tap the new coupler parts in place or until the splines are even with the edge of the coupler.

Remove the motor mounting plate to remove the coupler part in the transmission side more easily.

Once the coupler parts are properly installed, put the rubber grommet into the coupler in the motor then line up the remaining slots on the grommet with the coupler prongs in the transmission and put them together.

Secure the motor with the clips and the clips with the screws then reconnect the motor wiring harness to the motor terminals and reinstall the pump in reverse order of the removal steps.

Bring the cabinet to the front of the washer then slide the front bottom rail of the cabinet under the rail at the base of the machine then lay down the cabinet into position. Make sure the slots in the cabinet sit into the tabs at the base of machine.

Reconnect the lid switch harness then push the retaining clips back down into position to secure the cabinet to the rear of the machine. Reinstall and secure the console to complete the repair.

Oct 12, 2010 | Washing Machines

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After filling up washer won't work

After filling it should go into agatate if you tried a lid switch then I would check the motor coupler it may be broken or striped. Couplers are a common problem it's there to save the motor if it get hung up. While you have it out check the clutch and brake lineings. If the motor is runing it could be the agitator splines striped and wont turn.
If it has belts check them ,also pullys
That pretty much leaves the timer not likely and transmisson not likely but possible.

Apr 24, 2010 | Kenmore 3.2 cu. ft. Plus Top Load Washer

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My Whirlpool LSR6232J serial 4217141

If the washer fills, but fails to agitate or spin, the likely cause is a failed motor coupling. There is usually a loud rattling noise associated with a broken coupler. This may be the noise you hear. NOTE: The washer will STILL drain if the motor coupling is bad. The following link explains how to replace one:

If the washer fills, may or may not agitate, then stops right after filling, or just before the spin cycle*, you more than likely have a failed lid switch. NOTE: The washer will NOT drain with a defective lid switch. The following link explains how to replace a lid switch:

* These symptoms vary between models. The result is still the same, however, the washer generally stops at some point before the spin cycle and will not complete a wash load.

Read through both links and try to determine your symptoms. When it comes to lid switches, they sometimes come loose and only need to be retightened. Double check the mounting screws. In most cases, the clicking sound of the switch indicates the switch is good. However, I have found where the actual switch assembly was cracked or separated and made a similar sound, but the contacts were not engaging. Inspect the entire switch, if in doubt.

Motor Couplers allow for the Drive Motor to drive the transmission. This is the connecting link between the two. The coupler takes the punishment in order to protect the motor and transmission from damage. If you are in the habit of washing heavy loads (i.e., blankets, comforters, etc.) this can reduce the life of the coupler. A tell tale sign of a broken coupler is a pile of black filings under the washer. This is usually particles of the rubber bushing between the coupler halves. Another thing that happens is the center hole of the plastic coupler would round out and spin on the either motor or transmission shaft as the older couplers were made entirely of plastic. Replacement couplers (the part number I provided in the link) now have a steel grommet in the center of the plastic which prevents this from happening.

If you check both these possibilites and you still have problems, let me know. I'm trying to rule out the possibility of something more significant, like a transmission problem. Both of these parts are inexpensive (about $50 combined) and can be found at Just type in your model number in the search menu. The lid switch is located under the "Top and Cabinet" heading as item number 11 (part number 3949247). The Motor Coupling can be located under the "Brake/Clutch/Gearcase/Motor/Pump" heading as item number 13 (part number provided in the link). For comparative shopping, also carries these parts, sometimes at a reduced price.

I hope this helps you. If you have questions, please let me know.

Aug 17, 2008 | Whirlpool LSR6232J Top Load Washer

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Washer is filled but will not wash or rinse, there is a noise when trying to run. It will drain but not spin, and it will fill

Probably has a bad motor coupler between motor and transmission. Remove 2 screws in front or in back of console on ends. Shake console back and forth while pulling up. It will raise up in front and pivot back. Disconnect plug for lid switch on washer top. Remove 2 gold colored clips with flat blade screwdriver. Make note of how they go in first. Open lid and grab washer cabinet and pull forward, lifting washer cabinet off frame. Remove pump with 2 clips. Remove 2 screws holding motor clips. Remove clips. Remove motor. Look for broken fingers on coupler. Should have 3 on motor and transmission parts of coupler. If not, replace coupler. Very common part.
When re-assembling, tilt back cabinet and put front edge under frame. Then lower cabinet to base. Make sure sides are in frame. Install clips by hitting down with palm of hand. Install connector. Lower and install console screws.

Nov 15, 2007 | Roper RAS8445KQ Top Load Washer

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Kenmore 80 series won't spin

If it is draining then the motor is turning the pump so it is ok.
This washer has no belt so that is not the problem.
Remove the cabinet and bypass the lid switch wires and put into a spin. Watch the clutch to see if it is turning. If the clutch housing is not turning and you know for sure the coupler is not broken then you need a new transmission. If the clutch housing is turning but the basket is not spinning you have something binding the basket or you need a new basket drive and clutch.
If you have only looked at the coupler from underneath you may not be able to tell if it is broken in the center. If it is broken again your transmission is not staying in neutral drain until the water is drained. That means it is going into spin with full load of clothes and water. This puts a lot of pressure on the coupler and causes them to fail prematurely. If this is the case you will need a new transmission.
Post back if you have any questions.

Nov 05, 2007 | GE WSM2700D Top Load Stacked Washer /...

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