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Sister in law has a whirlpool washer Model LSN1000LN0. Pump and motor run, but no agitation or spin. (motor sounds sort of noisy). Think it is the direct drive coupling?

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  • Steve Engberg Jun 04, 2011

    That fixed it. Easy repair.

    Thanks

  • Steve Engberg Jul 18, 2011

    Was exactly as you suggested. Easy, cheap fix. Thanks for the help!

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Hello,

Welcome to FixYa.

Based on the info you provided in your post, it quite likely is the drive coupling that has broken...it is very common, that would indeed explain the noise appearing to be from the motor.

**Unplug the washer from it's source/the wall before performing any service to the unit...safety first**

To inspect the drive coupling to confirm it is broken or not, you can lean the washer back (careful of the hoses) to allow you to visually inspect it or remove the cabinet completely...it is fairly straight forward and can be done even by a novice "handyman/person"

Part number is 285753A and will look like this image....

Sister in law has a - macmarkus_631.jpg
I've attached a link here that will provide the part availability and clear instructions to replace the coupling but also help describe the removal of the cabinet or to just inspect everything thoroughly. Once there scroll to the bottom of the page.

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Motor-Coupling/1195967

Let me know how you make out or if you require further assistance and I'll be glad to help in any manner I can. Good luck.

Regards,

Macmarkus :)

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