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.
To remove the tub, you'll have to remove the agitator(s), cabinet, the spanner nut and drive block.
See the following illustrated guide. You don't have to pull the pump, motor or transmission.
You also don't have to buy a special spanner wrench. I've used a short (10") pipe wrench hooked around one of the tabs on the spanner nut and by tapping the handle of the wrench, the nut should come loose.
Also, don't directly hit the drive block with a hammer. Use a short piece of wood under the drive block and tap it up.
Make sure that the tabs on the drive tube align with the slots in the drive block when putting the washer back together.
Posted on Nov 14, 2009
Testimonial: " Thanks oldguy, I will have to cut off one of my many pipewrenchs but I couldn't find a spanner locally. Good tip on the drive block."
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