Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
If it agitates correctly,then its likely your lid safety switch, agitate and spin cycles are reversed by the motor during the cycles of agitate and spin,some units are wired to not operate on either agitate or spin,but some will operate on agitate with the lid open,but not on spin,open control panel and bypass the lid switch and this will tell you before you tear out the direct drive pump,motor and get to the d.d. coupler at the transmission
Posted on Mar 21, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
if your sure it will agitate?[because the pump is on the other side of the motor and will drain,but if coupler broken ,wont agitate or spin although it makes noise like its working.so if will truely agitate drive coupler fine and its going to be the clutch or that area unless somthing[clothing] is between the two tubs creating anough resistance to stop the tub from taking off.clutch pads will just slip on drive plate.hope that helps>God bless ,tom
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
I recently had this problem. It was found that the main drive belt broke and the washer would fill but not spin, agitate or drain. I replaced the belt and everything worked again. A defective or disconnected cover switch would also cause the same problem.
Posted on Jul 04, 2009
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Getting to the Lid Switch on these machines is about a 5 minute job.
First, unplug the machine.
Looking at the Sears diagram for the console, you'll see that underneath the corners of the console are two clips. Using a thin putty knife, push on these clips from the front and the entire console should tilt backward.
Looking at the diagram for the cabinet, you'll see the lid switch.
Although most top load / direct drive Whirlpool / Kenmore washers only use the lid switch during the spin mode, yours may be a bit different.
See the following Whirlpool service manual for the top load direct drive washers.
Usually, the problem with these washers not agitating points to the Motor Coupler.
Since you already have the console tilted back, it's another 5 minutes to pull the cabinet off and check the coupler.
See the following.
If the coupler is worn or damaged, replacing it takes about 10 minutes .
Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive washers use a "Motor Coupler" between the motor and transmission. It's used as a fail safe device and consists of three parts. Two of the parts are the same, plastic units with three prongs that fit on one of the motor output shafts and the other on the transmission input shaft. Between them is a rubber piece with six holes. The power from the motor is transmitted through the rubber piece to the transmission.
The other shaft on the motor directly drives the pump.
If the motor coupler is broken, or worn, the motor may not be able to send full power to the transmission for agitating or spinning. Hitting the cabinet may allow the coupler to grab and transmit power.
See the following for how to remove the cabinet, pump, motor and motor mounting plate to inspect and replace the motor coupler.
If the coupler looks damaged, it's a relatively easy fix.
Pry the plastic pieces from the motor and transmission. Some people use a claw hammer but I've found that using a small (6 inch) pry bar works well.
Carefully fit the plastic pieces over the motor and transmission shafts and press them in place (Use a 1/2" of larger socket to put pressure equally around the pieces.
Put the rubber piece on the transmission plastic piece.
Replace the motor mounting plate.
Carefully line up the plastic prongs on the motor based plastic piece to the three un-used holes in the rubber piece. If they don't line up right, the coupler could be damaged.
Mount the motor, don't forget the two screws, put the pump back on the motor and use its' clips.
Put the cabinet back on, don't forget to plug the lid switch back in and re-mount the console.
Posted on Oct 26, 2009
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