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Washer does not spin with load. It spins fine with just water & no load.

My Whirpool Imperial LA9480 washer does not spin with load of clothes.
It spins fine with just water & no load.

Please give suggestion & repair instructions. Thank you very much.

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  • dash-joe Jul 01, 2008

    Can you please give me the diagram or instructions on how to change this clutch?



    What is the part number for this clutch?
    (Can I still get this clutch for my old Whirpool Imperial LA9480 washer?)



    Thanks again for the valuable expert advice.

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Sounds like the clutch is either worn out or has oil on it

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