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Offline tazman

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Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« on: June 22, 2012, 03:28:47 PM »
I have a Whirlpool LSN2000LW1 washer. Sometimes, after draining, it won't spin. If I move the basket by hand, then it seems to work. I have replaced the drive motor coupler and that did not fix it. However, now as it drains and sometimes spins, it makes a noise something like a whirring noise. Still, if I move the basket by hand, the spinning works.

Ideas??

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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 04:42:53 PM »
You might need to bypass the lidswitch and try it. It could be coming apart. The quick connect has 3 wires. 2 hot wires and a green ground. Jump them live wires and she will take off. At least you can see if that is it.
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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 05:04:20 PM »
Lid switch? I appreciate the thought, but when it does not spin, I have opened and closed the lid SEVERAL times, and the ONLY thing that seems to make it finally spin is to reach in and spin the drum by hand some, and then it works. Sometimes, it does spin - it seems somewhat random.

The sound occurs even when it is pumping out the water. The water pumps out, but it doesn't always start spinning. When it doesn't spin,  it does not start until the basket is moved. then the spinning works, and the sound (quite loud) continues. The sound was never there before I replaced the drive motor coupler. It sounds like the motor spinning.

The spinning problem happened yesterday (although quiet) which led me to believe it was the drive coupler but that is evidently not the problem.

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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 05:13:38 PM »
Clutch

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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 05:16:51 PM »
I would replace the clutch, part # 285785
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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012, 05:33:04 PM »
I was working on one like this and the clutch liner was hanging halfway out the clutch. I put the lining back in and she worked beatimous. I took some pix:

http://appliancejunk.blogspot.com/2011/09/kenmore-late-model-direct-drive-washer.html
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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2012, 07:32:02 PM »
Ok, if it is the clutch, would this account for the somewhat loud sound like a motor running? Please be aware that I am an extreme novice at this, and therefore not sure what questions to ask. Since the sound appeared after putting everything back together, my first thought was maybe the motor was going bad, but this is just a wild guess, hece this forum.

Is there anyway to know when i take it apart if it is the clutch?

Again, many thanks.

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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2012, 07:47:33 PM »
If there is signs of oil on the clutch, may be oil seal gone on transmission.

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Re: Whirlpool doesn't spin every time
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2012, 09:43:57 AM »
Ok, I always like to know what is going on when I fix something. This washing machine will spin fine for days, maybe even weeks before deciding not to spin unless I move the basket by hand, and then it will work fine for some time. Why is this? What in the clutch will cause this? I am not disputing it is the clutch, I just have an inquisitive mind and like to understand how this all works so that when the next problem arises, I don't have to ask here again.

Many thanks for the explanation.

 

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