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How do i take the pump off of my GE top loader washer s1070a3ww to see if it is clogged. My washer spins when no water is in it but does not spin when filled

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  • shawnasteven May 01, 2010

    How do i remove the pump and hoses

  • shawnasteven May 01, 2010

    How do I remove the pump and hoses from my ge top loader s1070a3ww washer already have front panel off

  • shawnasteven May 02, 2010

    My pump is electric without a belt

  • shawnasteven May 02, 2010

    no it does not drain at all

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Hi Shawn,

Before you go to the trouble of removing the pump, can you clarify if the unit drains at all ? I mean whether there be cloths in it or not ? You indicated it seems to spin without water, but how do you get the water out, does it drain ?

I'm asking because with your style of washer and that model, the pump should be irrelevant to whether it will spin or not..to a point. If in the case the pump where not pumping the water out, the basket will still try to spin and only stop if it is not draining. ( also these have a poor history of transmission's failing and spraying oil all over the drive components hence they can't spin correctly or at all with a load in it, but seem ok without a load...no weight. you'll know as soon as you remove the front panel, it will be that obvious trust me ).

To remove the front panel you'll need only a puddy knife or a flat screwdriver or other flat narrow tool. On either side of the panel where it meets the top you should locate a clip, press them forward, (one at a time unless you've got three hands, ha ha !) with the tool as you pull the front panel gently toward you. Once the clips release the panel will be supported only by slotted hinges/notches at the bottom, pull it up and away and you're in.

To check the pump, first insure the pump is getting 120vac and if so check that the impeller inside is spinning freely. If it isn't getting 120vac you likely have a faulty timer, but that isn't likely.

**I would like to clarify if the unit drains, but it still doesn't spin, or if it is simply not spinning because it isn't draining. They can be two very different causes. Once I can clear that up I should be able to assist you in moving toward a solution.**

Let me know either what you find with the pump or give some clarification to move forward.

Thank's for coming to "fixya" for your repair solutions. I'll watch for your reply in this post.

If this info does indeed solve your problem please take a moment and rate the solution accordingly.

Thanks again and good luck.

macmarkus :)

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To access the pump, first bail and sponge out any water in the machine's tub. Then tip the washer over on its front, using a heavy blanket or pad to protect the washer's finish. Remove the back service panel. The pump is usually located along the bottom of the machine, but with the unit tipped on its front it's easier to remove the pump through the back than through the bottom of the washer.
Locate the pump. It has two large hoses attached to it with spring or strap clips. If the clips are the spring type, pinch the ends of the clips together with pliers to release them, and slide the clips down the hoses. If the clips are the strap type, unscrew the metal collar to loosen the clamp. Disconnect the hoses by pulling them off the connections. If the hoses are kinked or crimped at these connections, straighten them as best you can and reconnect them. Then try the machine again to see if this kinking was causing the problem. If the machine still doesn't drain, you'll have to remove the water pump.
To remove the pump, loosen the bolt that holds the drive belt taut and move the washer motor on the bracket to loosen the belt. Move the motor out of the way and unbolt the pump; it's usually held by two or three hex-head bolts located on the bottom of the pump housing. As you loosen the last mounting bolt, support the pump with your hand. Then lift the pump out of the washer.
You should take the pump apart if you can, because the trouble could be lint, dirt, or pieces of cloth or paper clogging the pump impeller. Clean away all debris inside the pump and clear any debris out of the water tubes. Then reassemble the pump. Hook up the pump again and test it. If cleaning the pump doesn't put it back into working order, or if the pump housing can't be removed, replace the pump with a new one of the same kind.
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  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield May 02, 2010

    You can test the power to your pump with a voltmeter. If there is no power, then you could have a bad timer. If there is power and the pump doesn't work, then it is likely bad and you will have to disconnect the wire harness and attaching bolts to remove.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield May 02, 2010

    not much to this one.



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