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whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« on: September 30, 2008, 02:18:32 PM »
 :-\ Hello, I am brand new here and desperately need advice.  my washer stopped spinning and repair man came out and said the trans. was bad.  he told me he would only charge me $150 to fix it. well, looking online i am finding out just a transmission alone is more than $150.  I am suspicious and need to know how to find out if i really need a new one, or maybe a simple part. I am willing to take washer apart and check but need DETAILED instructions.  Being a female I am not skilled in this department but have some time to do this and really don't have much $$$.  Thanks to anyone who responds.

Model Number: lsr8010pt0

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2008, 03:58:45 PM »
Here are some posts that already explain what to do...use the search box above to find more on "Whirlpool washer won't spin"..

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=1769.0

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=1766.0
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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008, 04:14:45 PM »
hi and thanks for the reply.  the agitator works just fine.  the problem lies with the spin cycle. first it started out having a weak spin, then it finally stopped spinning all together.  im just wondering if there are some parts or part of the transmission that can go bad instead of having to buy a whole new one.  i need to know what to look for.

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008, 04:36:40 PM »
The transmission has not gone out if it still agitates.

Your machine needs a new clutch kit. Not an expensive item, not real hard to replace. The agitator and transmission have to be removed, as the clutch sits atop the gearcase. The parts will be less than $40, and you can purchase repair manuals cheaper than hiring that technician. In fact, the instructions for the clutch kit are in the package, part # 285785
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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2008, 07:23:00 PM »
More than likely it is the coupling. I would check that first, part # 285753A
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2008, 09:15:22 PM »
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the agitator works just fine.  the problem lies with the spin cycle. first it started out having a weak spin, then it finally stopped spinning all together

JW, will the machine agitate OK with a bad coupling? Then, just spin weakly for a few weeks?

Puh-leeze  ;D
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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008, 10:02:23 PM »
Yeah if it was not installed right. I have seen guys try and replace that coupling by laying the machine over and trying to get it done without removing the case....
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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2008, 06:28:27 AM »
thanks for the suggestions, i think i'll start with the clutch possibility. all i need now is instructions on how to get to it, and then diagnosing it. anyone? (keep in mind i know nothing about washers let alone taking one apart and fixing something) :embarassed:

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2008, 06:34:11 AM »
The diagnosis has been made. You've eliminated other possibilities with the symptoms.

Regarding the repair, we don't teach appliance repair here so much as we help you find out what's wrong. There are specific repair manuals you can obtain that will show you step by step how to do the repair. Even technicians use these for reference when they are inexperienced with a particular brand. These manuals (and DVDs) are available here on the website. If we taught everyone how to do things for free that we spent our working life learning, we would be out of work as technicians, right?

Replacing or even looking at the clutch requires you to:
Remove the cabinet
Remove the agitator
Drop the motor, then the transmission

This is why the repair manuals were designed, to prevent mistakes. I highly recommend that you get the clutch kit first to avoid tearing into the machine twice for the same thing. I also  would replace the drive coupling simply as preventive maintenance, to keep you from having to go back in there anytime soon after doing the clutch repair. Again, we are talking about relatively cheap parts to fix this problem.
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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2008, 07:00:57 AM »
you have a point repairman. i will take your advice and get a manual. i'll keep you updated.  thanks again.

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2008, 07:20:47 AM »
thanks for the suggestions, i think i'll start with the clutch possibility. all i need now is instructions on how to get to it, and then diagnosing it. anyone? (keep in mind i know nothing about washers let alone taking one apart and fixing something) :embarassed:
just a thought i have seen many time that oil is leaking and getting on the clutch and soaking the friction pads that would also mean that the clutch is a  temporarily fix till the new one gets soaked

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2008, 07:22:14 AM »
if that;s the case jayman, what causes the leak? how do i fix that?

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2008, 07:23:38 AM »
i see now why people pay professionals to do this kind of work :-\

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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2008, 07:27:17 AM »
I sure hate to see you get swayed by all these other comments. Sure, there's always an outside chance something else caused the clutch to fail, but 9 times out of 10 it's a straightforward repair and a very common failure on the direct drive machine. I have underwear older than most of these guys, but you can listen to whoever you please.

Once you get the tranny out, it will be obvious if oil had anything to do with it or not. You don't know until you get there, but hopefully  it will be a simple repair for you.
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Re: whirlpool...repair man says transmission bad?
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2008, 07:36:54 AM »
 ;D repair-man, i'm heading for the parts place to pick up a clutch kit and motor coupling. the coupling is a black piece and two white pieces right?

 

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