I have a Kenmore Heavy Duty top-loading washer that's approx. 9 years old. It drains during the spin cycle, but doesn't spin so I'm left with sopping wet laundry. At first I could give it a little...
This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
Enter your model number (###.#######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.
This also assumes that the washer agitates well. (Poor agitating and spinning initially point to a worn / broken Motor Coupler)
The Kenmore / Whirlpool top load uses a reversing motor to initiate the pump for draining and the transmission to spin.
This is the Whirlpool PDF on installation and maintenance of direct drive washers.
The initial problem points to one of two places:
1. The clutch may be worn (especially on a 9 year old machine.)
See the following for how to remove the cabinet, pump, motor and transmission.
The clutch sits on top of the transmission and provides power to the "spin tube" which drives the basket.
You don't have to remove the basket to check the clutch but I'd recommend it as a way to check your second problem (basket).
In order to remove the drive block, you don't have to buy a special spanner wrench. I've used a short 10" pipe wrench hooked over one of the tabs on the spanner nut and tapped the handle with a hammer to loosen it.
Also, use a short piece of wood under the drive block to tap it up instead of directly hitting the block with a hammer since it is relatively soft metal.
Check the clutch bands to see if they are worn or damaged or if the springs are broken. Sears / Whirlpool have a clutch rebuild kit if the bands / springs are damaged / worn.
If everything else works OK,, including the drain, and the timer moves, 2. The problem could be in the transmission / gearcase.
"Neutral Drain Assembly".
Those cams/gears etc. in that assembly keep the washer from spinning until all of the water is pumped out and then go into spin mode.
Ours had a similar problem.
After looking at the transmission parts list (available on a number of sites) and on the Whirlpool site (Whirlpool makes Kenmore) we noticed that the one of the cams in the neutral assembly which is supposed to have a small spring, didn't on ours when we tore the transmission apart again. The Sears site for your washer may have a sub-component section on the gearcase with a part number for the Neutral Drain Assembly repair kit.
Found the part number for a kit (Whirlpool part number 388253 Neutral Assembly) for $15.00 and replaced the cams and gears.
Lay the machine down (after disconnecting power and hoses, remove the pump (two clips), the motor (two screws hold two clips on the motor), lift and set the motor aside, remove two 1/2 inch bolts for the motor mounting plate and three 1/2 inch bolts for the transmission. Pull the transmission, remove the clutch (there is a spring clip that holds the clutch on the main agitator shaft, remove the 8 screws carefully the transmission holds 14 - 15Oz of oil, remove the clip holding the main spin gear on and check the plastic cams.
If the cam that should have a spring doesn't, or the others look damaged, the washer won't go into spin mode.
If that's the problem, install a Neutral drain kit, put everything back together carefully and the problem may be solved.
With ours, all told, it cost less than $30 (including new 80-90 weight gear oil) vs. about $170 for a new transmission.
Since you have the basket out of the washer, you should be able to see if there is any obstruction keeping it from setting correctly.
The main places to check are the tabs on the top of the spin tube that have to align with the slots in the drive block.
Any of the above possibilities will require a bit of work and ( with the transmission) may be a bit messy but they are certainly less expensive than a new washer or transmission.
The job is a bit complicated and messy but not too difficult.
Nov 10, 2009 |
Kenmore Washing Machines