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Offline app1

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Motor Coupler Issue
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:41:15 AM »
I have replaced the motor coupler 3 times on a direct drive whirlpool washer and this will be the 4th time is just under 2 1/2 months. I first told lady she is overloading and she now insists that she is not and I believe her... What else can be causing this????
Thanks for any HELP!!
 

Offline dab147315

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 07:45:29 AM »
Is this a F.S.P Coupler?

Offline Bailey

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 09:30:31 AM »
How is the coupler failing? Does it split where it fits to the shaft, are the pins breaking off?

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 10:00:37 AM »
Yes I am using FSP Couplers and it brakes in between two of the pins and it braeks off the shaft leaving the metal piece still attached to the shaft. The pins are not braking off though.

Offline fairbank56

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 10:53:14 AM »

  Check spin mode. If it comes to a screeching halt when stopped, that will do it.

Eric

Offline gscrandall

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 11:04:48 PM »
That's very rare . has to be the Trans. or they lady is intentionally sabotage  looking for love ....what out

Offline go400

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2013, 03:50:30 AM »
When the coupler fails, turn the tranny end clockwise, if it starts to spin with only a few turns, it failed while spinning. Monitor the motor current during spin, if well over 9 amps, you have dragging brake shoes.

Offline gscrandall

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2013, 10:30:26 PM »
oops my last post was spelled wrong. A little to much stress relieving juice (vodka) I meant to say "watch out " also I have rarely seen brake drag. but I have seen sticky brakes. When the brakes are activated the whole machine jerks big time. An easy cure for that is simple. get a big gob of sealglide on your finger  and apply it to any opening between the brake pads on the brake drum. then spin. works everytime..  Other post mentioned the screeching halt . This is the fix
« Last Edit: November 06, 2013, 10:33:00 PM by gscrandall »

Offline go400

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2013, 03:23:55 AM »
That is only a temporary fix. I grind some material off the brake shoes and put silicone grease on the brake shoe rollers. The rollers wearing down are the cause of the problem
and they will still wear down without the grease.

Offline app1

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2013, 07:19:45 AM »
All great ideas - I realized that they have the washer on a homemade pedestal made from wood and it has a lot of give to it and the washer does not have a solid surface to sit on- QUESTION-could that be a problem? Also, how do I check the AMPS that you said should be around 9, Do I check these on the power cord and when do I check it? When it goes into spin or when? THANKS AGAIN for the help and I will let you know what I find..

Offline go400

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2013, 11:11:16 AM »
The washer shaking should have nothing to do with brake shoes. Best to do the following test; turn the tranny coupler clockwise till the tranny goes into spin, if very hard to turn, you have dragging brake shoes, best to file them down with a wood file, and grease the rollers. I test the motor spin current on a lid switch wire, over 10 amps and the motor will start to smoke, and you run the risk of the motor epoxy cracking, or tranny nylon gear stripping out.

Offline gscrandall

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2013, 08:00:32 PM »
Work smart not hard. Brake liners get gunked .seal glide works fine .never had it not work . Unless your working on a very old machine and  in that case I  charge to much to pull  the  tranny and superstructure just  to clean a  brake pad

Offline go400

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2013, 03:23:27 AM »
Greasing brake shoes reduces braking action and in time will probably smell. Grinding them down and greasing the rollers will bring the braking action back to the original condition, slowing the basket down to it's original time.

Offline gscrandall

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2013, 07:44:20 PM »
I get what your saying  go400 I'm not knock in ya.  I'm just old and try not to work to hard.  I do admire pride in workmanship like it sounds like you do...
« Last Edit: November 08, 2013, 07:44:51 PM by gscrandall »

Offline go400

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Re: Motor Coupler Issue
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2013, 03:07:17 AM »
Thanks for the kind remarks. When it comes to work I do, I try to do the right thing. But sometimes, I admit, I take shortcuts. Fortunately after 26 years of this, I never burnt a house down!

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