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Kenmore 70 series won't spin

Kenmore 70 series (video above) top-load direct drive washer will not run spin cycle, but moves in 1/4 inch increments combined with loud grinding-type noise. It washes fine, it drains fine, I tested the motor independently and it works fine. I tried testing the brake underneath and it seems to release when I turn it manually, so I don't think that's the problem either. Could it be the gear box? The clutch? Is there any way to test these independently? Any other suggestions? Any help is very much appreciated!!

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  • bradeja May 24, 2008

    the basket is empty, so weight isn't the issue. How do I test the motor shaft? What signs should I look for that would show it's faulty. It seemed to have no signs of wear, or anything as far as I could tell.

  • bradeja May 24, 2008

    is the motor shaft the rod that extends up to the agitator?

  • bradeja May 24, 2008

    based on your list, I've narrowed it down to the spin bearing, the clutch, or the shifter (transmission). Is there any way to test these independently, or to be more sure?

    Based on the noise, would you say the spin bearing is the problem?

  • bradeja May 24, 2008

    any advice on how to replace a spin bearing? Is this a decent job for a non-newbie, but non-professional?

  • bradeja May 24, 2008

    Is the spin bearing located beneath the inner basket? How do I get to it?

  • bradeja May 24, 2008

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  • bradeja May 24, 2008

    Thank you, thank you for all your help!!

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HI,


If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:

  • If the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn't turn freely--if it's frozen or stiff--replace it. If the pump belt is broken or looks quite worn, replace it--but be sure to check the pump pulley before you change the belt.


  • If the motor isn't running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine can't spin and may not function at all. 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.


It pumps, but doesn't spin 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.

Goodluck,
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Posted on May 24, 2008

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  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    In my 4th point of the tittle "if it doesn't spin" i mentioned if your washer is a GE,this also implies to frigdare and kenmore.

  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    I am sorry for the late reply and yes it is the bearing since it is making a grinding noise in the video and its time to replace it.

  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    Hold the clutch cone and turn the fluid drive housing around
    it. It should turn freely. If so, the bearings are probably good, and the
    motor shaft is probably bent.
    You can ha a look at THIS LINK once..

  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    Hi,

    Replacing the bearings requires a professional job.But still if you want to try replacing it yourself then i would recommend to use a service manual for your model.


  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    If you need anymore help let me know..
    Please don't forget to rate the solution


  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    Hold on i'll let you know if there is any service manual available for this model.

  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    Can you give me the model no.


  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    Please CLICK HERE
    It will hep you to get to the bearings.Everything is explained step by step with the diagrams.

  • Priya darshan May 24, 2008

    Hey no problem at all...
    Thank you for using fixya


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May be there will be fault in the motor shaft ..............or it may happen due to heavy load try with normal load and also check the motor shaft

Posted on May 24, 2008

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    balachander megavarnam May 24, 2008

    if the motor shaft has problem then also this may occur so check that

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