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Kenmore 90 plus series spin dry is not working

I have a Kenmore 90 plus series washer that is not spin drying the cloths. I hear the motor going i think. The water is draining out, but not getting the excess water out of the cloths before they go to the dryer.

The wash cycles are working.

There is a part between the moter and something else and i can turn it by hand when I lay it over on its side.

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    inner cage won't spin during spin cycle. I took the back of the washer apart and the motor is running but makes a horrible sound. i don't know if it is a berring or what, but the gear directly connected to the cage doesn't spin. I know that particular gear isn't locked up because I can spin in manually

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    I have a similiar problem on my series 90 washer by kenmore - agitator is working fine but the water does not drain at all and it will not spin dry at all. The coupler appears to be intact ( although the alternate pins on the motor side are somewhat loose with some play to them.) What would you suspect to be the most likely solution to this problem?

  • alaingarner Feb 23, 2009

    Same problem, washer agitates and pumps out the water, but the spin cycle doesn't work. Motor is running but drum doesn't spin. Lid switch works fine. Can torn drum by hand with a little force.

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In resposnse to guest Dec 29th - I read further and later tested the lid switch. That did the trick. Thank you for the information contained on this site: not only did it save me a service call, but my wife was ready to purchase a new unit. Thanks to all those that have contributed in the past, your knowledge is invaluable to the do it yourselfer. C.F.

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