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The coupler broke on my Whirlpool direct direct washer. I replaced it and now the machine has trouble agitating. It

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:22 PM
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The coupler broke on my Whirlpool direct direct washer. I replaced it and now the machine has trouble agitating. It makes a clicking sound and dims the house lights when it agitates. All other functions seem fine and it was working properly before replacing the coupler. Over the years I have replaced the coupler before with no problems. I have also replaced the motor and the washer pump at different times. I have looked everything over a few times and I just don't see the problem.


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Old 11-30-2011, 01:29 AM
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Pull the pump and turn the motor shaft conterclockwise, if hard to turn, you have something jammed in there, might be a piece of rubber in the motor.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:54 AM
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Ok. I will check that tonight. I did have some trouble getting the sprockets of the coupler all the way on the transmission side. Could not enough clearance between the face of the sprocket and face of the rubber coupler cause this?
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:21 PM
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I doubled checked the coupling install and it looks fine. The input shaft spins fairly easily with my fingers, in both directions. The "click click" and current draw only seem to happen when the timer gets around the "6" position. The rest of the cycle seems fine. There is some oil leakage from the transmission but it does not look like much. Any ideas?
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:47 AM
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Seems like you are loosing starting current for the motor at a certain spot in the timer, a common problem. If you can take the timer apart, look for burnt marks on the cam.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:13 PM
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I have the timer apart, The contacts don't look burnt. I have narrowed the problem down more, it only happens the low speed agitate, the high speed agitate works fine.
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Since spin and agitate work ok on high speed, and the timer looks good, I am thinking I have a bad winding in the motor. Any way to test this without a amp clamp?
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Check the switch on the side of the motor, you might have a bent pin.
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Check the switch on the side of the motor, you might have a bent pin.
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After checking everything again, I decided that it was the motor. I just replaced the motor with a new one from here and I am back in business. I noticed the new motor has almost play on the armature shaft(in and out) and the old one has almost 1/4". Perhaps the slop in the motor damaged the slow speed winding? Thanks for your help, the family is happy to be washing clothes normally again.
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