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Whirlpool 2298 automatic top loader machine is 30 years old. just after the suds return and up to three times through the wash cycle the pump switches on and for about 10 seconds empties water through the drain pipe. My first reaction was that there was something wrong with the timer, but replacing it with a second hand timer made no difference. There must be something else that controls the pump activity. Any help would be much appreciated. David.

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Hi David,

sorry I can't solve your problem, but I wish to thnak you for your post. I have the same problem and pulled the timer out to give a clean with no luck. I did find evidence of a short circuit on one of the elements so something did happen. I have bee trying to locate a new/used timer - but no luck.. You would think that Whirlpool when making such excellent products would provide the service these long lasting devices deserve.


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  • Barry Squires Apr 16, 2011

    That sounds to me like one of the solinoids above the gear box is stuck. when the machine starts its cycle there is a set of coils (1 on either side of a bar joint to the gear box. they move much like the agitator) these solinoids are controlled by the timer, when the it is time for the pump to kick in the solinoid snaps into the bar and pushes the bar into the gearbox engaging the pump. if this is stuck or loose from the solinoid it would cause the shaft to engage the pump and drain the tub. hope this makes sense, i realy like the old machines, i have one of these and it is actually older than me.



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