Whirlpool Washer Mod LSR9434PQ0


I have a Whirlpool washer that quit spinning/agitating last night. It still fills with water and still makes a noise like it's trying to spin/agitate, but it sounds like a gear or something is out of line and the motor/gear is just lightly touching the gear to actually move the tub and center post thing.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what the issue might be? Is it an easy repair for a homeowner? Do you have specific part #'s and where I could buy sucha part? I'm fairly mechanically inclined so I'd like to try to repair myself instead of paying someone else a $100 to repair a $400 machine.
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On Feb 20, 11:03 am, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Quite possibly transmission. Doable, pita, if so probably not cost- effective unless can get used one relatively cheap. Rebuilt one (GE, but essentially identical to Whirlpool) years ago but probably wouldn't choose to do it again given cost of parts and level of effort other than the swap.
If motor and belt ok (will it pump/empty?) then that's about the only other mechanical connection if it isn't electrical (that is, doesn't try the cycle).
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I think the motor is ok because it sounds like it's working fine, it's just that nothing is happening inside the tub. I wanted to post something here before I took apart the machine, so I don't know if a belt or something else is wrong that would be clearly visible to the eye. I plan to look tonight, I'm hoping it's just something off a track or a cheap repair I could do. Doesn't seem worth it to get a reapir man to come out. Thanks for the response.
I found a gearcase online at www.partselect.com
http://www.partselect.com/ModelFrames.aspx?ModelIDa770&ModelNum=LSR9434PQ0&mfgModelNum=&ManufactureID=3&Selected ÞRT06TB&Position=4&mfg=Whirlpool&Type=&Mark=4
PS341974 Gearcase (Complete) (Gearcase) Compare At: $154.28 Your Price: $128.57 You Save: $25.71
Is this what you mean by the transmission?
Thanks.
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On Feb 20, 12:08 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Yep. Unless they've really modified the way they're made (and I've not had one of more recent vintage than 15 yrs or so, so it's certainly possible, but have had nothing but GE for nearly 40 yrs so know them reasonably well), there's only the one drive belt and if it pumped the water out the motor and belt are ok so there's nothing else mechanical in the drive mechanism as the agitator/spin cycle are all enclosed in the one gearcase.
It's no major issue to change one out if you're reasonably adept w/ a few tools, but it is something more complex to actually rebuild the gearcase. That's what I would recommend against having done so a time or two -- they just never did last the same and, in particularl, the seal on the shaft was problematic when replaced and parts were easily the price of the case itself pretty quickly.
Depending on the age and other condition of the washer, may be better investment to replace it instead. That's a call you'll have to make. I'd call around the used appliance places first, usually not hard to find decent gearcases pretty cheaply ime.
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Thanks, I'll take a look tonight and see if I can visually see the problem with the gearcase, hopefully it will be an easy fix.
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On Feb 20, 3:29 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote: ...

There's really nothing you can see/tell by looking at the gearcase -- it's like looking at the outside of you car transmission -- there's an input and an output shaft all in a nice shiny housing.
What you can do is verify the motor is driving the input and nothing is coming out the other end. Be darn careful not to get anything precious caught in belt or the agitator while exploring, of course. W/ O the belt or in neutral, you should be able to rotate the drive and tell if engages. To really get hold of the output shaft of course requires pulling the agitator which gives access to only the very short splined section at the top. The spin cycle drive is on the lower end of the shaft where the drum bolts onto the flange (w/ three cap screws). If you've not taken one of these apart, there are two clips on the front about 8" or so from each corner that release the top. Takes a screwdriver or other thin wedge to release them. From then on, it's pretty obvious what follows what...
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On 20 Feb 2007 09:03:42 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Is there a belt? If not there is a plastic coupler that breaks ... bits of plastic on the floor? A couple bucks at Sears Parts
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