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I have a kenmore 90 series (whirlpool) which makes clicking noises on agitate. The lid switch works. The timer seems

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:13 AM
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Model Number: 11020902991   Brand: Kenmore   Age: More than 10 years   

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I have a kenmore 90 series (whirlpool) which makes clicking noises on agitate.
The lid switch works. The timer seems to work OK. It spins OK and advances to the next cycle OK. When the clicking sound on agitate happens the lights dim. It does seem to agitate, but not fully. The cycle speed switch doesn't seem to make any difference in what position you put it other than gentle which waits before clicking and repeat. I'm guessing this is something like a motor switch (between start and run), but I'm not sure how to diagnose this. Also, if this were a run/start issue, then I would not expect the spin cycle to work....I guess I could remove the motor and see if it still makes the sound with just the motor. Also, the washer is older than 10 years. Does is just make more sense to replace it before other things go wrong? Thanks.


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Hi.

Most likely the problem is with the Speed selector switch. The best way to diagnose this is to check the amps draw. If the current draw is more then rated (9.8 amps max) the switch is bad , if less then most likely it's the motor.
Before replacing parts check the motor plug connections.

The switch Part number: 3953144

Part number: 3953144


The motor Part number: 3352287

Part number: 3352287


Thank you. Post the results.

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Default Possible cause may be partially jamming coupler?

I took the machine apart last night and found a pile of soft black dust under the front of the motor. This sure looks like a motor coupling issue to me. I was also thinking this would probably account for the lights dimming issue if the agitator turned a small amount and then jammed (motor stall would pull a good deal of current - i.e. lights dim). The coupler can't be completely broken or the spin cycle would not work. I tried the spin cycle again, and it does have a bit of a hitch when it first starts which I'm guessing is getting past the jam in the coupler. Once it gets past that it spins fine....I'm going to try to remove the coupler tonight and see if the problem goes away. If it's a purely electrical problem, then the problem will still be there. If it is caused by a mechanical partial jam (coupler), then I won't see any problem other than I won't get any agitation or spin. If you have any other ideas, let me know. I'll try to update once I do the next test.
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