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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 »
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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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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2011, 10:11:59 AM »
How do you get any kind of a swing, down inside the basket? I tried a looooong screwdriver, angled down in--no good. I can't get in there with a pipe wrench either. I don't have a dremel, or I'd cut the dam thing off. So, I'm gonna have to spend $30 for a tool I'll never use again, just to find out that I may need a $200 part for my $350 washer. What a racket!! I might as well just go out and buy a new one. Dammit anyways!! Either that, or call a $75 per hour serviceman to tell me I might need that $200 part, plus service call plus labor. This sucks!!

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2011, 10:28:53 AM »
OK, I've calmed down some, guess I will have to get it because I can't go any further until I get that dam nut off.

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2011, 11:38:07 AM »
you don't need to get that nut off to take the tranny out. All that does is allow you to remove the basket.
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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2011, 11:44:48 AM »
Gee. I wish someone would have mentioned that 5 or 6 posts ago. I thought the big nut had to come off for tranny removal. Well, I got the dam thing off anyways. Using a 3 foot long prybar and a 4 pound sledge hammer. Now I'm taking an Iced tea break before I tackle any more.

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2011, 11:55:12 AM »
Since ya got it off get the basket out and look for objects that don't belong.
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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2011, 07:29:22 AM »
Like dead mice?

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2011, 08:03:37 AM »
sure! Or a crocodile  :rofl:
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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2011, 11:45:00 AM »
OK here's where I'm at. I pulled the basket--no dead mice, no crocodiles, no socks, no panties. Nothing. I then reinstalled the basket. Before pulling everything apart underneith, I tried what AJ said....only on the machine. I reached down and spun the coupler by hand. The basket started spinning and the shaft was agitating. I reinstalled the agitator, and was now able to spin it counter clockwise (some resistance) and clockwise (freespin). So now, I'm gonna buy that lid switch and cross my fingers that it was the problem all along. One good thing. I now know how to disassemble and reassemble a Whirlpool wash machine. I need to pick up one of those little test meters. I'm betting it was the switch and I could have saved a lot of time and frustration by simply testing the switch in the first place.

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« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2011, 01:55:37 PM »
OK, I started thinking, and took a look at the switch. A plastic cover comes off the top of it. I pulled out the 1 tang and emery clothed the little contact point. Same on the other contact. I then jammed a hunk of tin foil behind the plastic peice that pushes on the little spring--solid contact on the contact points. I broke off the little plastic thing that would open switch when you open the lid. I reinstalled the switch and ducktaped it into position, and reassembled all the rest. Amazing. I'm doing laundry. Instead of spending $20 on a new switch, I'll spend it on a test meter.
Thanks to AJ and JW for pointing me in the right (eventually) direction. Actually, JW's 1st post was correct.

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Re: Kenmore series 400 washer--fills then nothing
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2011, 02:25:38 PM »
If you need a lid switch I would suggest replacing it instead of leaving it jumped out. The lid switch is there for safety reasons.

I looked up your model number and see that is uses lid switch part # 8318084

Buying a volt/ohm meter is a good idea. Any DIYer will find many uses for a meter. Even though you can find some cheap (less expensive) meters at our parts affiliates sites I would suggest spending a little more and get a good one.
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