Washer would not agitate/spin, but would drain OK

ApplianceWhirlpool Washer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers
Socket set

Richard From Torrance, CA

Apr 28, 2010

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First I moved the washer to an open area and tipped it over on it's back supported at about 30 degrees to floor to protect the drain hose connection near the bottom of the washer. I used a stack of old blankets in several folds to support the raised end of the washer on the upper back surface.

I then disconnected the 2 hoses to the drain pump attached to the bottom of the motor, and removed the electrical connector from the motor and a capacitor on the side of the motor.

I removed 2 screws, one from each retainer holding the motor/pump assembly to the motor mounting plate on the gearcase assembly. I used a screw driver to pry the retainers from their detent on the motor housing and then removed the motor/pump assembly, thus exposing the broken coupling.

After removing the broken drive coupling, I installed the new one and then reassembled all the parts removed in reverse order. Note that the new coupling was a tighter fit on the motor shaft and gearcase assembly input shaft, and had to be driven on using a hammer and a short piece of 3/4" doweling. Hammering on the wood doweling protected the new coupling from damage during installation. The original and worn/broken coupling assembly was easily removed by hand, without tools.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Direct Drive Motor Coupling

Part Number: PS1485646

In Stock