Changing a Washer Coupling

There is a design on some Whirlpool/Kitchen-Aid/Kenmore washing machines called Direct Drive. This machine is a forward/reversing style of washer. The motor drives one direction to wash, stops, reverses and goes the other direction to spin and pump. The timer is responsible for cycling the motor back and forth.

As the “direct drive” name indicates, there is no belt on this machine. It has a coupler between the motor and the gear box. Most direct drive washers are a neutral drain washer, which means the timer allows the washer to pump out the water and then the timer pauses the washer so the neutral drive in the transmission can reset for spinning, and when the timer allows the washer to start back up again, the pumping will continue and spinning will occur.

The key to know when the coupler may be broken is Read more

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