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After my Kenmore Washer finishes it's rinse cycle and the washer motor shuts down, a loud clicking sound starts up as the drum slows down. Could there be a problem with the balance or a belt issue...everything runs normal until the cycle is finished and thats when the loud click sound appears.

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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.

Also see the Whirlpool / Kenmore PDF on installation and maintenance of top load direct drive washers. See the section discussing the tub brake.

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

Also see the following description of how to remove the cabinet, agitator, motor, drum and drive tube assembly with the brake.

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

Since the clicking appears to be connected to the brake operations I'd pull the drive tube / brake and inspect the springs / shoes for wear or damage.


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