Grinding gears when in spin mode When the washer went into rinse mode a loud sound from the gearbox happened. It sounds like the gears are grinding together and not syncing together. took out the clothes...
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:
Enter your model number (###.#######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.
Also see the following:
WHIRLPOOL PARTS SITE
WHIRLPOOL INST AND MAINTENANCE INCLUDING HOW TRANSMISSION WORKS
MORE DETAILED WHIRLPOOL TRANSMISSION DESCRIPTION AND SPRINGS
It sounds as if the problem is in the transmission itself.
(It's not as bad as it sounds.)
If you're reasonably comfortable with basic tools (socket set, pliers/vice grips etc) getting to the transmission and taking it apart isn't too difficult and much less expensive than having a repair person charge $170 for a new transmission.
In any case, see the following for how to remove the transmission. YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMOVE THE TUB.
The first possibility is the Agitate Cams in the transmission. (Whirlpool part # 62580 / 81) (about $12)
These are two plastic pieces that lift the agitator shaft when the washer goes into spin mode.
If they are worn they may not lift the shaft high enough to keep it out of the way when the washer goes into spin mode. See the above on how the transmission works.
Pull the transmission.
Remove the clutch (the spring holding the clutch to the spin pinion is a bear to replace).
Remove the 8 transmission screws carefully, the transmission is full (16 oz.) of 80-90 weight gear oil (available at most auto parts stores).
Remove the transmission cover 8 bolts.
Pull off the spin pinion.
Push down on the agitate spring and remove the spring clip. Note where is attaches to the main shaft.
The two plastic agitate cam parts pull right off. Don't lose the washer on top of the cams. EVEN IF THEY DON'T APPEAR BROKEN THEY MAY BE WORN ENOUGH TO CAUSE THE PROBLEM.
Replace the cams, washer, spring and clip, pinion, oil (assuming you drained the oil first), cover and clutch parts.
Line up the transmission so that the release cam on the brake drum will snap onto the clutch spring retaining clip and put all parts back in the washer.
The basic tools are screwdriver, small socket set with up to a 1/2" socket, vice grips or good pliers (to remove and replace clips)
While you have the transmission apart, I'd check the other cams and gears inside. There aren't that many.
As an aside, replacing the agitate cams, neutral drain assembly and oil on ours (we had basically the same problem) cost less than $30 vs $170.
Mar 28, 2010 |
Kenmore Washing Machines