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Kenmore direct drive washer - not spinning

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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  • SouthBurgh Jun 19, 2008

    Thanks! It's a kenmore elite 23012100, Well, I've replaced the Timer, however it produced the same results... there's a hum and the motor gets warm, but nothing else...

  • SouthBurgh Jun 19, 2008

    Well, when all else fails... wiggle the wires. I pulled the wires on the motor and made sure all were in the sockets tight and plugged them back in... Plugged the washer back in and wal-la the magical swish swish!! Thanks again for taking the time to review my issue!!



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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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