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UPDATE #2
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2011, 01:09:08 PM »
OK. I got the motor off. It spins freely, and does not smell burnt at all. The coupler is A-OK. The pump is good. no leaks, no clogs. Spins freely. I broke the dam switch, so I'm gonna have to replace it. But before I spend the $26.00, I need to know. Should I be able to spin the agitator (bottom 1/2) by hand, in either direction?? I cannot now. It is frozen in place. Am I looking at a new transmission?? Is it worth it, or just buy a new washer??

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2011, 05:15:03 PM »
Get the transmission out and take a look at the brake cam actuator. It might be broken and not releasing the brake, part # 285785
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 12:54:31 PM »
I don't think it's the brakes--here's why...I got the agitator off, and while trying to break loose the big spanner nut (I don't have a spanner wrench) I grabbed the nut with a channel lock pliers and was able to spin the tub. I hear something dragging a bit, but I was able to spin it. I still can't get the shaft to spin. On my neighbors Whirlpool, I can grab the agitator (bottom 1/2) and spin it by hand. Mine is froze in place. Sounds like a trashed transmission, right?

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 01:17:55 PM »
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I can grab the agitator (bottom 1/2) and spin it by hand. Mine is froze in place. Sounds like a trashed transmission, right?

That is going to depend on were the transmission happen to stop at.

To test the transmission I would remove it and then try turning it by hand were the motor coupler connects to the transmission.

With the plastic part of the coupler still on the transmission you should be able to turn it one way and the long shaft will agitate back and forth.

Turn it the other direction and the clutch that is mounted to the top of the transmission will spin in one direction.

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2011, 01:53:55 PM »
Or get the tranny out and connect it to the motor and run the thing with the the tranny and motor out of the washer. Then you will know for sure. We have another guy here with a similar problem and his main drive gear and pinion turned out to be the problem. Here is his home video showing the problem (stripped main drive gear)

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2011, 07:00:10 PM »
Where might someone get a spanner wrench to fit the big nut? I checked at the local rentall place--they don't have one. I tried the screwdriver and hammer method--that ain't working.

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2011, 07:05:48 PM »
Washer Spanner Wrench Part # TJ90TB123A
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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2011, 08:59:44 PM »
I don't have one of them. I stuck a flat screwdriver in one of them slots and hit it with a hammer till it knocked loose. Not very diff.
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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2011, 05:28:10 AM »
I don't have one of them. I stuck a flat screwdriver in one of them slots and hit it with a hammer till it knocked loose. Not very diff.

Screwdriver and hammer? I don't have one of them. All I use is a stick and a rock. Not very diff.  :rofl: :2funny:

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Having the right tools for the job can make all the difference in the world. I find it hard to believe JW that you never had one you could not get off with your screwdriver and hammer.

Some of them maytag spanner nuts can be hard to get off even with the right wrench.

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2011, 09:58:23 AM »
I have a very good set of Chisels :D
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