I'd welcome anyone's help, but read something Repair-man had posted a couple of years ago, and it seems to apply.
My issue: I bought an LSR8444LQ1
new for a rental property in 2004. In June 2010, it was spinning weakly, then quit spinning. All other functions were fine. Inspection revealed a spray ring of oil on the inside of the cabinet and an oil-soaked clutch. Plenty of evidence dried drip evidence that prior tenant had overloaded washer and it had overflowed, likely the cause of the gearcase throwing oil. Rather than replace/repair the gearcase and clutch, husband and I took the machine out of service and kept it for parts.
Replaced with a used Whirlpool LSR8233EZ0
which had only a bit of a problem in jerking to a stop at the end of spin. Resolved that problem with silcone grease in brake, fix which lasted 7 months. That machine then only occasionally spun, then quit spinning. Also could not spin tub by hand, and visual inspection showed the brakes hanging up again, even with new silicone grease. Didn't want to go through the hassle of replacing the brakes.
Figured that the 8233EZ0 gearcase was still good, so did a transplant of that with it's clutch into the 8444Q1 machine. Spun when empty, but not when full. Pulled the gearcase we'd just put in out, inspected clutch. Pads were much thinner than new clutch we had on hand, so replaced with the new clutch. Nope, no spin.
Coupler okay, lid switch okay, visual inspection of drive block seemed to be okay (no evidence of deterioration in the dogs, no shavings under the agitator). Repair-man, in this post; http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=1883.30
said something about needing to replace the spin tube after water has gotten down to the gearcase via the spindle. Is that what we're missing, perhaps? If so, can you explain why would that be an issue?
Any other ideas? I'm one stumped landlady. Many thanks!