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Hello! I need to replace the motor on a Kenmore Series 16 machine. Model 158.162. The Sears website states the motor 5168, is not available anymore and no substitute is recommended by the manufacturer. Any suggestions? Thanks! Kim

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I realy dont think that you will find a new motor for a old kenmore, you may be able to find one on craigslist/ebay. How do you know it is the motor? Could just need new brushes or a new foot control. I have never had a bad motor on a old kenmore. replaced brushes and many foot cotrols.
Not that it could not happen but it would be rare.
hope this helps

Posted on Mar 25, 2011

  • kimwoodell Mar 25, 2011

    There are sparks and smoke and a burning smell coming out of the motor case. Is it possible those symptoms could mean something other than a failing motor? The unit sat unused for a long time and I inherited it for free. I was hoping to spend about $50 to fix it instead of investing in a new machine.

  • nathan lewis Mar 25, 2011

    Well i admit that smoke and sparkes sound bad.
    Motor brushes will put off a very small amount of sparks. The smoke could be from dust on the motor. I would take it outside and run it and full speed for a bit and see if the simptops clear up. The fact that it runs make me think that the motor is still salvageable for someone who has the imbishion to work on it. BE CARFULL keep it away from anything that could burn and be ready to unplug it. . Safty first.

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