There was a loud bang, the smell of burnt rubber, and the washer tub stopped rotating, although all other functions seemed to still work.

ApplianceWhirlpool Washer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set

Matt From Newark, DE

May 21, 2012

Flipped the machine on its front, noticed a pile of black rubber dust, identified where the dust was from. Took some time moving pieces around to get access to the coupling. Finally got it off and saw that 4 of the 6 plastic pins that hold the rubber piece had snapped off. Ordered the part and waited a couple of days (the site said 5-8 days or something but it only took 2). Wife got tired of broken washer spread all over the place but I didn't want to move it until I got the part. It was more challenging to get the part in than it was to take it apart because there's not much room to get your hand where it needs to be. I ended up flipping the machine a few times until I got it where gravity was pulling the motor down, giving me enough access to put the part in. My biggest fear was that the hoses weren't tight enough and that I'd have to take it out again, but it was fine and everything's worked great since.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Direct Drive Motor Coupling

Part Number: PS1485646

In Stock