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Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« on: September 07, 2009, 12:35:04 PM »
Hi,

I have a Frigidaire top-load washer FWX6971EW2, and (1) clothes come out wet, (2) it smells like burned rubber. I opened it up and replaced the belt - the old one was badly worn. The machine is level - it should be OK and spin ! It agitates fine, but when it reaches the spin cycle, only the motor spins - the belt doesn't budge.
What do I look at next ?

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Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 07:02:37 PM »
Their are 2 springs a short fat one and a long skinny one on the idler.
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Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009, 10:37:25 PM »
The idler seems fine as far as I can tell - the belt is under tension.
Maybe I have not understood the principle - it seems that the motor turning one way should agitate the agitator, and turning the other way should spin - is this correct ?
The pulley seems to only be turnable one way, agitating the agitator, even if I stop in the "spin" cycle, put slack in the belt and try to turn the pulley by hand...

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Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2009, 09:12:26 PM »
if you can not turn the trans pulley both ways by hand...
1) transmission is defective or siezed in the tub bearing
2) you have a foreign object(screw etc) in one of the holes of the tub stopping the tub from spinning
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Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2009, 11:55:53 PM »
Thanks ! That was really helpful. I hadn't thought about turning the tub. The tub did turn, which rules out objects in the drain-holes of the tub, at least a little. I sprayed liquid wrench at the gap between the bottom transmission housing and the bearing. The pulley now can be turned by hand in "spin"-direction - with some grinding sound.
A new transmission assembly costs almost as much as a new washer, after the PG&E discount...

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Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009, 10:16:53 AM »
BT is that grinding going to be tranny or a bearing?
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Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2009, 09:53:19 PM »
could be either one, and if the bearing is that bad, the shaft on the trans will be scored and ruin a new bearing anyways
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