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I have a whirlpool thin twin lte5243d that will not spin. When it gets to the spin cycle it will drain but nothing else. When I remove the motor and turn the coupler manually it will spin counter clockwise but not clockwise. Just wanted to get an idea of what causes this before I start pulling it apart further. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • bsattell Aug 25, 2010

    Excellent, thanks for the help, sounds like a project that will have to wait for the weekend.

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The motor is reversible. One direction it washes.The other direction she pumps and she spins. When it goes into spin the spin pawl is tucked in neat as a pin under the main drive gear by latch and a trip lever. The timer has a momentary pause built into it after the pump has had time to remove the water from the drum. Centrifugal force activates the neutral package and shift the spin pawl out wards. Their are 3 areas under the main drive gear that the spin pawl can grab onto called Bosses. Hay I ain't makin this up. When the spin pawl catches a boss it locks into place and brangs that puppy to life. Well what goes wrong you may ask? Over time the spin pawl gets smashed down and won't catch a boss. Their will be no spin action. If the clutch is good,no sign of oil leaking out any seals and the main drive gear has all it's splines(yes I have seen it get smooth as a baby's bvtt) Then I suspect you need to remove the tranny, remove the clutch. Put that tranny in a vice. Remove the cover and use snap ring pliers to remove the main drive gear retainer. Gently lift up the main drive gear and inspect the spin pawl. If it is bad it will look like it has been smashed down which it has. LOL

Use these manuals as a guide:

Thin twin service manual featuring several diff models

Direct drive training manual

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