Kenmore top load washer, model #110.27802690. Recently it would stop after rinsing and agitating and I would have to turn the dial and open and close the lid and it would finally drain and spin ... but...
It could be one of several things but if the spin cycle doesn't work then it might not know to drain - checking the agitator pawls is an easy first thing to check:
The problem as I noticed it was that the washer would start making a
super high-pitched and very loud whirring noise during the spin cycle,
and that when I would open the lid, the drum would not be spinning, but
when I would close the lid, the drum would start spinning. I was okay
with this during that load but after reading here and taking it apart, I
realized what had happened:
The agitator dogs are supposed to
have a 3-toothed profile on each one, but they become worn over time due
to being made of a soft plastic. The dogs should "throw out" into an
inner ring gear during normal operation, turning the entire drum. But
when they became worn enough to slip, they would still throw out,
grinding them at very high speed into the inner ring gear. Since they
are made of a softer plastic than the gear, they were just getting more
and more worn.
To check if this is the problem, pop
off the cap from the top of the agitator spindle, then use a socket on
an extension to remove the bolt located underneath. You may have to hold
the bottom of the agitator to keep it from spinning. If you can see
where the pawl dogs should engage the outer ring gear, then try turning
the center hub an see if they engage. If you can't see them yet, then
the spindle will lift off and you can take the center assembly out and
check the condition of the teeth on the pawls. If they are worn, they
won't engage either the agitator, the spin cycle, or both.
I assume the way this was supposed to fix itself
was that when the outer tooth on the dog became worn, the next one would
engage, but that didn't happen.
Because the dogs are made of
such a soft plastic, I was able to cut a new tooth profile into each
one, so that when they were put back in they would function correctly.
It takes very little effort and a few minutes with an x-acto knife to
cut the right profile.
I'm going to buy the replacement dogs,
which being a manufacturer substitute will hopefully be made with a
better tooth profile, from harder plastic, or both.
note, who knows how long the dogs weren't engaged correctly during
agitation, causing clothes to sit without really being washed, but
without the high pitched air raid siren. So probably a good idea to
replace or repair them immediately, even if you can get it to work
Sep 16, 2013 |
Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer