Most of the time a Whirlpool direct drive washer can be repaired with one of these common parts.Water Drain Pumps
: If your washer will not drain the water out and you can hear the motor running during the drain cycle you may need a new water pump. Check the pump and drain hose for restrictions before replacing the water pump.3363394 Water Drain Pump
One large port and one small port. This is the most common of the two water pumps.3363892 Water Drain Pump
Two large ports, with flapper valve.
Hot & Cold Water Inlet Valve
: If your washer does not fill with water during the wash or rinse cycle you may need a new water valve. Did you know your washer has to fill with water before it will advance through the rinse cycle? Check to make sure the screens inside the water valve don't just need to be cleaned before replacing the water valve.285805 Water Inlet Valve
This valve fits most all top load direct drive washers manufactured by Whirlpool.
: If your lid switch is bad the main motor will not run during the spin cycle so your washer will not spin. I remember back when Whirlpool only made one lid switch. Why do we need so many different types now Whirlpool?285671 Lid Switch
This switch has the longer wire harness and older style plug.3949247 Lid Switch
This switch has the longer wire harness and newer style plug.3949238 Lid Switch
This is the third style lid switch that also has the wire harness.8318084 Lid Switch
Newest style lid switch that mounts under the control council.279347 Lid Switch
This is the oldest style lid switch that was also used as a Whirlpool dryer door switch.
: If you can hear your washer motor running, but your washer will not agitate or spin you may need one of these parts.285753A Motor Coupler
If your washer will not agitate or spin, but you can hear the motor running check the motor coupler first. This Motor Coupler fits all top load direct drive washers manufactured by Whirlpool. This includes Sear, Kenmore, Roper & KitchenAid brands of top load direct drive washers. 80040 Agitator Dogs
If your washer does not agitate very good any more check the agitator dogs. These Agitator Dogs fits all top load direct drive washers manufactured by Whirlpool. This includes Sear, Kenmore, Roper & KitchenAid brands of top load direct drive washers. Check out the topic at this URL for help on how to check the dogs.285785 Clutch Kit
If your washer will spin if you help it or will spin but not up to speed then you may need a new clutch because the old one is slipping. This clutch kit fits all top load direct drive washers manufactured by Whirlpool. This includes Sear, Kenmore, Roper & KitchenAid brands of top load direct drive washers.389140 Drive Block
If the drive block is stripped out your washer may act like it has a bad clutch because it will not spin very good. The drive block is located under the agitator. To check the drive block simply remove the agitator and put the washer into the spin cycle with the lid open. Watch the top of the drive block to see if it's slipping inside were the spin tube is attached to it. If it's been slipping you maybe able to see metal fillings around the top of the drive block.285792 Basket Drive & Brake Assembly
There are often only two reason you would ever need to replace the Basket Drive & Brake assembly.
The first reason would be if the Drive Block we talked about above was stripped out. There are two tabs on top of the Basket Drive Shaft that couple with two slots in the Drive block. Sometimes these two tabs will get rounds over and not couple up very good with the new drive block, so you would have to then replace the Basket Drive & Brake Assembly when replacing the Drive Block.
The second reason you may need to replace the Basket Drive & Brake Assembly would be if the washer is stopping so hard at the end of the spin cycle that it is slamming the tub up against the inside of the cabinet making a loud banging noise when the washer stops running.
In this case to correctly repair the washer you would replace the Basket Drive & Brake Assembly.3360629 Gear case (transmission, neutral drain)
If the washer motor runs and you have already check the motor coupler, drive block and clutch only to find that they are ok you may need to replace the transmission. If the transmission is bad then the washer will not agitate, spin or both.
What about the timer and motor?
I do see timers and motor fail, but not near as much as any of the parts listed above. To find the correct timer or motor for your washer simply enter the model number of your washer in our search box on the left were it says, "Enter Model Number".
As a appliance repair technician you can repair most direct drive washer on the first call by simply stocking at least one each of the fourteen parts listed above.The above parts are universal among many direct drive washer. To make sure you get the correct part for your washer it's always best to check with the model number on your washer. L-55 Whirlpool Made Direct Drive Washer Service Repair Manual
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