What do I have to replace / adjust to stop my washing machine from
spinning too soon. Here's what happens:
After wash cycle completes, the washer normally stops, then motor
turns on again and water pumps out. After a minute the motor stops
again, then starts and with a clunk the tub will start spinning and
continue pumping. Well recently, after the wash is over and the moter
first comes on to pump, I'll hear the clunk and it will start spinning
with a full tub of water. Then after a min, it stops and just starts
spinning again. Seems like its shifting into spin mode before its
supposed to and perhaps something needs to be replaced. I have taken
a few washers apart before, and have replaced many of the couplers.
The washer is a Kenmore made about 10 years ago. Someone give me some
No model# posted, but kinda -sounds- like the neutral drain inside the
tranny may be bad. Many/most Whirlpool made direct drive Kenmore
washers should pre-drain the water and then the motor pauses to allow
the tranny to set up for spin....then when the motor comes back on the
washer spins and drains at the same time. New tranny?...run it into
the ground until something breaks?...new washer?
Appliance Repair Aid
Don't worry about this. When I first started seeing it happen years
ago, it seemed to be most common in cool basements, and I thought
the tranny grease was thickening, affecting the neutral drain
But about half the WPL/KM's I see daily do this, even newer ones,
and it doesn't appear to cause any problems. Theoretically, spin
clutches should be wearing out early on these, but I just don't see
I've seen guys replace timers for this, but don't do it - a new timer
isn't going to help. All the timer does is provide the pause to shift the
ND mech, and yours is pausing, so the timer's OK.
Hope that's of some help.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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Having the same problem with my Kenmore (90 Series - model: 110.C28902790).
It's only maybe 5 yrs old. It's in a main floor laundry room so it is not
cold. What happens is the washer will pause after the 'wash' cycle, then
drain for 5 seconds or so and then makes the clunk and starts to spin. Then
the motor stops and then starts spinning again. The only problem I have with
this is when I use fabric softener; The fabric softener is added right
before the spin and thus is removed right after added (because the tub will
spin and then stop spinning when it should change over - causing the fabric
softener to fall from the dispenser).
Side question: Is it very hard to change the spin clutch (if and when it
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