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Re: Ancient Kenmore washer won't drain or spin
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2011, 10:11:38 AM »
That is the 4 hose pump. YOUR PUMP
The lid switch is a simple 2 wire design. A generic SWITCH is on the market which can be used in dryers and washers of that period. It features a common leg on one end and a normally closed and normally open leg on the other end. To check switch operation simply bypass the switch. Some folk don't even bother to buy a new switch. Just keep the lid closed for safety.
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Re: Ancient Kenmore washer won't drain or spin
« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2011, 10:44:20 PM »
Hi everybody,

Sorry for the late reply but I have a really hard time connecting to this site. I think I found a workaround though :)

It is starting to sound complicated. I'm not afraid of getting out my tools and getting my hands dirty, but do I have to worry about breaking the transmission or causing more damage? In other words, is this a job for a total novice or are we getting into "call a repairman" territory?

I can't see the top of the pump so i really don't know how intricately it's connected to the transmission and how difficult the pump will be to remove and replace.

Does anyone feel it would be worthwhile testing the switch, or are we pretty sure it's the pump? I don't know what is meant by "simply bypass the switch".

I appreciate all the help and advice.

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Re: Ancient Kenmore washer won't drain or spin
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2011, 10:00:51 AM »
The switch has a wire on each side. Connect the 2 wires effectively bypassing the switch to see if it pumps and spins. Keep in mind the wires will be live so do not let them short against the frame or bite you. The pump has 2 bolts you remove. Take note of the lever which opens the flap and make sure it is in it's little space where the slide action will open and close the flap. The belt just hooks onto the pulley and you probably do not need to loosen the drive motor just leave that be. The belt is a bear to replace on this washer, but the pump is a piece of cake.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2011, 10:06:32 AM by JWWebster »
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Re: Ancient Kenmore washer won't drain or spin [SOLVED]
« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2011, 04:37:58 PM »
Hi everyone,

Just a quick update. I tried to get the pump off myself, but due to weak girly fingers I couldn't get the hose clamps off by myself (even with pliers). So, rather than risk wrecking my awesome washing machine, I called in a pro. And yes, you all were correct, it was the water pump. It ended up being seized. The guy had my washing machine up and washing inside of 30 minutes lol. It's happily running a load as I write this!

Thanks to you guys, even though I didn't do it myself, I accomplished my main goal of not being taken (since due to my small, youthful feminine stature, repair guys like to take advantage of the fact that I obviously wouldn't know any better). So when I call a repair shop I always like to have at least an idea of what is going on.

So thanks again :) Much appreciated.

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Re: Ancient Kenmore washer won't drain or spin
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2011, 08:03:12 PM »
Thanks for the update, it's always good to hear back as to how things turned out.
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Re: Ancient Kenmore washer won't drain or spin
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2011, 09:22:34 PM »
Glad ye could get er done sweety.
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