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LWH0050P Stackable Compact Washer not spinning

The washer one day did not finish it's spin cycle and left a little water in the tub. Over the next few uses it left more and more water. Now it will not move at all...except for a slight **** every once in a while. I took the back off and the belt is good and even without the belt...it only jerks a little...even on the spin setting. HELP. Is this the motor? Clutch? Some control? Thank you,
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  • jeffsheets Aug 30, 2008

    Mark, Thanks for the quick reply! I did take the belt off and it still only jerks slightly...I can move the rotor with my hand quite easily. The wash tub also moves freely. Any closer???
    Jeff <><


  • jeffsheets Aug 30, 2008

    I have taken the belt off. The motor only slightly jerks when the front is closed....same as when the belt is on. The tub turns freely either direction when I move the pulley.
    Jeff <><


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You may need to reboot the machine this is a typical problem with these washers.
Here are the steps

Rebooting whirlpool washer:

1. Set the dial to Stop (our machine stalls in the rinse cycle and the last couple of times on wash cycle).
2. Power button off (turning off machine)
3. Turn MH breaker to the washer and dryer off for 5 minutes
4. Power switch on
5. Push start button (you should hear pump start depending on which cycle you are in).
6. Turn dial twice to the cycle that it stopped at, (in our case the spin cycle several times and the last couple
times, the wash cycle).
7. Machine should start in this cycle.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

  • Tom Russo Nov 07, 2010

    I should have clarified this will work only with a machine using Electronic Controls.

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You need a new motor

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Sounds like it could be the transmission. Does the tub turn when you turn the pulley in either direction with your hand? And take the belt off see if the motor turns when you close the lid and turn it on without the belt??

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