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Model # LSR5233AWO This is about a 17 year old washing machine. At 1st when in the regular cycle the timer would fully travel to the off position but the machine was full of water(soapy or rinse not sure). We would have to reset the timer somewhere in the middle of the same cycle which would agitate,empty,rinse,and spin dry to a finish cycle. This 1st problem seemed to stop and the 2nd problem started. In the regular cycle the timer would fully travel to the off position and it would look like the laundry was finished but a closer look and feel would tell a different story. A cold rinse setting is always used but the clothes were warm(a hot wash setting was used) leading us to believe they were spun dry hot and soapy or the temp. setting is not working. Also a third thing was noticed about the agitation mode of the same cycle. During the early agitation the machine would stop (it was clearly not done-it just started) for about 30 seconds, the timer would hum and click, and then the agitation would resume. A closer look at the water inlet valve revealed it may be ok( according to a 1985 Kenmore manual). Checking resistance at each coil was approximately 860 ohms (manual said it should be 500 - 2000 ohms). Is this resistance OK? Also checked continuity on the water level switch. With the tub empty and probing across the violet and pink terminals continuity was found. Probing across the violet and tan terminals with the tub empty found no continuity. Does this seem OK to you? Last, the lid switch was checked for continuity. Lid closed there was continuity. Lid open there was no continuity. I am beginning to think it is the timer. How am I doing? What do you say I should do next?

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SOURCE: GE Profile wpre6100gowt, wont agitate or spin

same problem

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SOURCE: Agitator starts at begining of cycle before washer is full

Please be carful as running the agitator without enough water will overheat and kick out the motor, however it should be ok when it resets itself.
Yes, the machine should stop agitating when you lift the lid so this too is part of the problem.
After looking at the print I can only suggest that the cam contacts in the timer ( contacts 12 and 14) that start the motor are burned and stuck together.
Quentin

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore 90 tub spins excessively clockwise during wash cycle.

Improperly installed thrust bearing kit. Too many washers cause the basket to spin during agitation.

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This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

MOST LIKELY SOLUTION:

Look in the section for the motor, pump gearcase and you'll see the Motor Coupler.

Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive washers use a "Motor Coupler" between the motor and transmission.

It's used as a fail safe device and consists of three parts.

Two of the parts are the same, plastic units with three prongs that fit on one of the motor output shafts and the other on the transmission input shaft. Between them is a rubber piece with six holes.

The power from the motor is transmitted through the rubber piece to the transmission.

The other shaft on the motor directly drives the pump. This is likely why the machine drains.

If the motor coupler is broken, or worn, the motor may not be able to send full power to the transmission for agitating or spinning.

See the following for how to remove the cabinet, pump, motor and motor mounting plate to inspect and replace the motor coupler.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

If the coupler looks damaged, it's a relatively easy fix.

Pry the plastic pieces from the motor and transmission. Some people use a claw hammer but I've found that using a small (6 inch) pry bar works well.

Carefully fit the plastic pieces over the motor and transmission shafts and press them in place (Use a 1/2" of larger socket to put pressure equally around the pieces.

Put the rubber piece on the transmission plastic piece.

Replace the motor mounting plate.

Carefully line up the plastic prongs on the motor based plastic piece to the three un-used holes in the rubber piece. If they don't line up right, the coupler could be damaged.

Mount the motor, don't forget the two screws, put the pump back on the motor and use its' clips.

Put the cabinet back on, don't forget to plug the lid switch back in and re-mount the console.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010

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SOURCE: Inglis Washing Machine agitator not working right

It appears your motor controller has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


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