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Hi, I have a series 80 washing machine and the spin cycle will not work. We smelt a burning smell and then the the spin cycle stopped working. I hear the motor turning but no connection to the spin. Is it the clutch? Thanks for your help. Neil

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  • sellors5 Aug 25, 2010

    Hi, I took the motor off and the coupler is good. I'm thinking clutch. How do I remove the trani. I removed the 3 bolts but it is reluctant to come off...

  • sellors5 Aug 25, 2010

    Hi I took the motor offr and the coupler is good. How do I access the clutch? Thanks Neil

  • sellors5 Aug 25, 2010

    I changed the clutch and it's all good. I laid the washer on the floor (before I read your comment) but it seems okay. What was the issue with it lying flat? Thanks for your help. Neil



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If this is a Whirlpool manufactured TOP LOADER (such as Estate, Roper and Kenmore), a no spin problem can have several causes. Most commonly, this is caused by either a lid switch malfunction or a broken motor coupling. The following link explains how you can diagnose the problem yourself and repair:

From the symptoms you describe, it sounds like you may have a broken motor coupling.

Replacement parts (if required) can be purchased at any of the following websites:

Prices vary between sites, 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 may need. If you do not wish to order parts on line, use the part numbers from the Sears website and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. Most of these parts are commonly sold as part of their in-store inventory.

Read through the information provided. If you have any questions, please post back with your complete MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope this is helpful to you.

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More than likley you have a broken drive coupler
tilt unit back and lean against the wall you will see the pump attatched the motor and attached to one side of the motor is the coupler and the other side is the transmission where the other side of the coupler sits. turn the power off first and take the pump off
then the motor
there are a total of 4 clips you will have to remove and possible 2 screws 5/16
always check the coupler first
could be your clutch but start here first and let me know what you find
part number for the coupler 285753a

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  • erica graber Aug 25, 2010

    you have to remove the agetator first trany is screwed into it.

    The clutch sits on top of trany

    sometimes oil gets on it and makes it slip

    you can take the inside out of the clutch and clean and dry and maybe get a peice of light weight sand paper and scruff up the pads

    try that and see what happens

  • erica graber Aug 25, 2010

    it is possible that your transmission is stuck in a nuetral drain

    when you get the transmission down

    turn the coupler clockwise about 6 times around

    then turn counterclockwise about six times

    in one direction i am not sure but it should spin the clutch

    if the clutch does not spin by turning the transmission shaft

    you have a bad transmission

  • erica graber Aug 25, 2010

    first you have to take the cap off the agetator to remove the bolt.

    make sure you put the 3 bolts back in that hold the transmission because once you remove the agetator it will fall to the ground.

    the transmission shaft is really long probably 2 feet or so.

    I never tip the washer all the way on the floor because if you do it can cause another issue. lean against the wall and have someone help you hold the cabinet if you have too.

    let me lnow what you find

  • erica graber Aug 25, 2010

    there is a plate that is triangular that just sits in there and sometimes by lying it flat will make that plate go out of alignment. which will cause the unit to go out of balance when you put it into spin. but if everything is good. congrats on the fix



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