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Hello there:
If your machine does not spin Please try this ok? If your washer pumps out the water but doesn't spin, check these: The lid switch may be defective. If it is, the washing machine doesn't spin. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it. The motor coupler may be broken. Many Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. You may need to replace it. A belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.) The clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may use a clutch to come up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the unit from spinning well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician. The drive motor may be defective. Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor. The transmission may not be shifting properly. Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it. The spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or seized. These components allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the outer tub. When this is the problem, you usually hear a loud sound during the spin cycle. Call a qualified appliance repair technician.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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  • juanyelsie Jun 02, 2010

    My machjne is a G E model WARE5260D1WW . The machine works perrfect ontil the spin cicle is reached. It dos not spins the door activates the swich and tuerns it off . with the lid closed you herethe noisce sa if it were spinning but it does not tern. In the rinnce cicle the motor moves the velt clockwise and washes the clothes but nothing happens at the spin cicle.

    Thanks for ypour pront response let me knoww

    Juan B Torres

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas Jun 02, 2010

    Thanks for the responce
    Please if you would could you rate the solutin

  • juanyelsie Jun 03, 2010

    I sent a response to your solutions but have not received an answer


  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas Jun 03, 2010

    thanks for the reply i will send you some more informatin as soon as i gather it al up ok will send it to you tomorrow am
    But in the meantime i would check out the timer to ensure that it goes thru the entire cycle and let me know if it freezes in the spin cycle and if it doesent than i am thinking that there is a trasmission / clutch problem it is just like in a car it has different gears ,,,,a washing machine has different gears for different cycles ie wash / rinse / spin ok

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas Jun 03, 2010

    1. Step 1

      Check to see if the washer is overloaded. Modern washing machines
      have automatic shut-off devices for out-of-balance loads. Try removing
      some of the clothes out of the washer and restart it. Check to make sure
      the lid closes properly and that the lid switch clicks when the lid is
      closed. If the lid switch does not click, then the switch may need to be
      replaced or the lid may be bent. If the washing machine still does not
      spin, go to Step 2.

    2. Step 2

      Make sure the water is draining properly. If the water does
      not drain out, then it could cause the washing machine not to spin.
      Check all the drain hoses for any clogs or kinks. This is easily done by
      disconnecting the drain hoses and doing a visual check for clogs or

    3. Step 3

      Check to see if any belts have came off or are loose. Unplug
      the washer and pull it
      away from the wall. Use the screwdrivers to remove the back panel.
      Visually check for any broken or loose belts. Replace any loose or
      broken belts.

    4. Step 4

      While the back panel is off, visually check for any loose or
      missing bolts on the motor or drum. If any are missing or loose, tighten
      them and replace the ones that are missing.

    5. Step 5

      If everything has checked out to this point, then the water
      level switch could be bad or the water level hose could be clogged.
      Remove the front panel of the washer and locate the clear tube going
      from the tub to the water level switch. If lint or debris has gotten
      into the water level hose, then the washer may not spin fast. Clean the
      debris from the hose by blowing on the hose or tapping it on the side.
      To check the water level switch, go to the back of the washer and locate
      the back end of the water level hose. Use the voltmeter to check to see
      if the water level switch is getting any power.

    6. Step 6

      If the washing machine still doesn't spin fast enough or
      doesn't spin at all, then it is time to call in a professional washing
      machine repairman.

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas Jun 03, 2010

    Drive motors are often a source of trouble. These motors often
    run in forward and reverse. They spin one way to agitate and the
    other to spin. Just because it works in one direction, does not mean
    that the other direction cannot be burnt out. This often happens and
    just because “it works” people think the motor is okay. The motor still
    needs to be replaced if either direction goes bad.

    manufactured washers use a clutch system. This slowly bring the
    spin cycle up to speed as the water goes out of the washer. When this
    becomes worn the spin will not be as fast or may not spin at all. If
    your clutch needs to be replaced, you may want to hire that out as it is
    quite a project for most DIY’ers.

    The final problem would be the
    bearing or basket drive. This gets worn or even will get tight
    so that the basket will not spin freely. If this goes bad you will
    usually have excessive noise when the washer spins.



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