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My kenmore series 80 needs a push start to spin i took it apart and replaced the clutch even though it looked brand new (i had already bought it) still have the same problem the coupler is good any thoughts?

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  • brianlwilson Oct 01, 2010

    kelly i am not real good on computers but mine blocked both of the links you sent me i am interested in knowing about the clutch liner and possible brake problems thanks,brian



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A garment may be stuck between tubs.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

When you replaced the clutch did you also replace the clutch liner? Also is the unit completely draining all the water in under 90 seconds? Both can cause the problem that you mentioned of having to push the tub to get it to spin. The cam driver can also cause the problem.

I hate to just post a link but this link is so extensive and informative I really believe it will help you resolve your spin problem:

Not the videos also about the motor coupler. One side of the motor coupler can be fine and the other side can be broken.
Most of the time only one side fails were the 3 drive pins shear off. Also there can be a brake problem.

Also the file below is the training manual that is better then the service manual for inspecting spin components
Go to this page and download file 787772 #4.

Take a look at the links and if you need help after that I will help you.


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    Kelly Oct 01, 2010

    Hi the second link you should be able to download by rt clicking and then save as. If it comes up and says blocked for yur protection there are 2 ways to make it work. On the very bottom bar of your screen 1/3 way in from the left you will see a circle with an line though it. Rt click that and choose temporarily allow popups. The other way is when the bar pops up on the top of the screen do not choose the X click the bar only and aloow or ok the site.

    With out you seeing the pictures it is going be really hard to explain because there are so many position sensitive things to verify as far as the cam follower, that acuates the brake and the clutch liner. I will repost in a different format that allows video afer I send this.


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    Kelly Oct 01, 2010

    Trying now to add video links here:

    Here is the whole play list for your washer.

    The one you need is near the bottom of the page and is 3:55 secs long.

    This is the actual video.

    When the transmission is pulled take a look at the white cam follower assy for size and position. That follower is what releases the brake. If the tab is broken or worn excessively the brake will either drag or not release. Also at the 4:40 second mark watch closely at the inspection you need to do.

    Around the 6 min mark you see him lifing off the clutch lining. Just watch the installation checks when he puts it back on.

    I think this will be a great help to you in sorting out why your washer needs a push to spin.

    The video is better than words for sure. I really don't like to just post a link but in this cause it is pretty much un-avoidable.




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