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3 or 4 year old kenmore washer,model#110.26442501 wont spin or agitate. The water fills and drains but clothes are left soaking wet. I pulled it apart and found a broken belt. I thought this model was direct driven. How is this possible? What type of belt is this and how do i fix it? Any help is gladly appreciated. Thanks

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I can assure you, the model number you provided is a direct-drive washer. I do not know what belt you are referring to as there isn't one on this washer. The following image shows the drive system that is listed under your model number:

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/showSubComp.pd?imageUrl=http%3a%2f%2fc.searspartsdirect.com%2flis_png%2fPLDM%2fK0507028-00005.png

The most common cause of the symptoms you describe is a broken motor coupling. The coupler is listed as item 13 in the drawing I provided. No agitation, or spinning, associated with a grinding noise are the usual symptoms. The washer will still have the ability to drain, however.

The following link explains how to access the coupler and replace it, if necessary:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574231-replacing_a_motor_coupling

The part number is included with the instructions I provided. Replacement parts (if required) can be purchased at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

All these sites are reputable and offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites I listed also include helpful exploded view parts diagrams to assist you in locating and properly identifying the parts you need. If you do not wish to order parts on line, use the part numbers I provided and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. The coupler is usually sold as part of their in-store inventory. The average cost of a motor coupling is about $15.

If you have any questions, or if the symptoms I describe do not match the problem you are having, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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