I have a kenmore washer, and over the past few weeks it's been shutting off and leaving a 'burning' type smell. Not electrical, but more like rubbing. After awhile of sitting it would run fine. Finally, the tub quit spinning and no agitator action but there is a hum. I checked the motor coupling and that appears ok... could it be the transmission?
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Re: kenmore direct drive washer - not spinning
While it could be the tranmission, that is a fairly rugged part (although not impossible). More often, you have bad contacts in your timer. These will short together and cause the machine to try and do multiple things at once, thus causing the burning smell. You didn't list a model number, but for most of the Kenmore washers, you can open the console (two phiilips screws on the front or back towards the bottom) to access the timer. Most timers are able to be opened to verify visably black or silver marks on the normally brass colored contacts.
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That is going to be your lid switch. On this washer the pump is mounted on the motor. The motor goes in one direction for wash and the other for spin. The water gets expelled from the washer in the spin mode.
Hello there: 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 and Kenmore 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.
You said, when the washer is going into spin cycle it makes a loud clunking
noise. You are wondering if this could be the brakes or possibly the
Sounds like this!
Faulty direct drive Coupling (Whirlpool / Kenmore / Roper / Estate) The
direct drive (motor) Coupling may be broken. Many Whirlpool/Kenmore
brands washing machines utilize a small, relatively inexpensive direct
drive 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.
It can wear out over time or fail under overloading conditions. This protects your transmission from excessive loading. it can also be a broken spring or strut dependping on your washes make and type
thats correct , need to replace the MAIN MOTOR, all that you mentioned (drive coupling , spin solenoid) there inside the MOTOR , since they manufacture the MOTOR sealed, it makes it impossible to repair , so if your handy with tools I suggest to get a new motor or a refurbished one , price range from $35.00 up to $90.00 , hope this info helps , AJ
rack, on these direct drive Kenmores, any time you have the washer spinning and agitating at the same time, it is a gearcase problem. The gearcase is covered under warranty for 5 years. Probably around 133.00 labor. Catriver..post back.