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Kenmore 700 Series Top Loader Washer "tub or barrel" does not spin

Machine is a year and a half old. All of a sudden today we realized that it was not spinning after any cycle. The machine sounds and feels like it is spinning , but the "tub" does not move. Would this indicate a broken fastener or belt? It does drain for the most part.

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The symptoms you describe sound typical of a broken motor coupling. The coupling is located between the gearcase (transmission) and drive motor and consists of two plactic pieces and a rubber bushing. Symptoms of a broken coupling include a washer that will fill, but will not agitate or spin. It will, however, still drain. You may also find black filings under the washer if the rubber bushing sheared apart. If these symptoms sound familiar, then click on the following link for step-by-step instructions on how to replace:

Many of the original couplers that came from the manufacturer were all plastic. They would commonly fail after repeated use, by a weakening of the center hole. The hole would either round out or develop cracks. Eventually the coupler would snap. The fix was a new and improved coupler with a steel grommet. The provided link includes the part number you need to order. A replacement coupler can be found at under the "Brake/Clutch/Gearcase/Motor/Pump" heading as item number 13. Use the illustrations provided by Sears for assistance. You can also try to order parts as well. If you do not wish to order on line, take the part number provided and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. This IS a common part they do carry.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance please let me know. If the symptoms I've described do not match yours, post back and elaborate further.

PS Thank you for posting your complete model number. It makes our job much easier in trying to find a solution for you.

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Machine is a year and a half old. All of a sudden today we realized that it was not spinning after any cycle. The machine sounds and feels like it is spinning , but the "tub" does not move. Would this indicate a broken fastener or belt? It does drain for the most part AND IT STILL AGITATES!!!!

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