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Won't Spin Without Assistance

The washer goes through the motions - filling, washing, draining - but doesn't spin unless I open the lid and help turn the basket. Once this is performed the spin cycle continues.

Kenmore 80 Series Model 24812200

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  • Shawanba Mar 10, 2008

    I washed a very small load today. The first spin cycle went through okay, but the second one didn't. How can I access whether the clutch mechanism or gearbox isn't performing and can I replace it myself?

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It sounds to me like either there is an excessively heavy load in the washer and the unit simply isn't strong enough to get it going, or more likely the clutch mechanism/gearbox is malfunctioning. They use a clutch mechanism to allow the motor to run at a constant speed while the basket can start rotating slowly and pick up speed with time. If this clutch mechanism or gearbox isn't performing properly, the basket won't spin. It's not your motor or safety circuit since the basket will turn if given a little push.

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  • Ray LeBlanc Mar 11, 2008

    I admit I haven't had to do this before. I'd go after the clutch mechanism first. Since you made no mention of strange sounds during the spin cycle and the basket does indeed spin, chances are the gearbox is fine.



    If I were in your shoes, I'd look around for the item by calling the manufacturer and get a price. Consider the age of the machine and the cost of a replacement machine. It might make better sense to replace the machine with one that has a warantee. If something like this is going wrong, it might just be the start of a series of problems. good luck!!

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