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Hi every body,
My kenmore washing machine stopped working. It pumps the water in but it won't agitate or spin. It just makes a buzzing noise. I did replace the lid switch thinking that that could be the problem but is not. Could it be the motor? please help me. Your help will be greatly appreciate it.

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Check your motor coupler, that it the classic symptom of a broken motor coupler. If it pumps out but doesn't spin you know the motor still works.  Here's how to get to coupler:

1)Unplug machine, lift console and pull the cabinet off.
2)Unclip the pump and move out of the way, you don't need to drain it or remove any hoses.
3)Remove motor, 2 screws holding 2 clips. You don't even need to unplug the harness if you don't want to.
4)Look for chunks of white plastic where the little triangular coupler broke. It should have 2 triangular pieces with 3 prongs on each, separated by a rubber piece with 6 holes.
5) Replace coupler, order new Coupler here.

Pay attention to where the metal clips that hold the motor on go into the frame behind it as they are hard to see once you try to remount motor. You'll also probably need to spin the motor by hand to realign the motor shaft with the gearcase and/or pump.

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Thanks for your reply Master,
I did check the coupler and is in good shape. Everything looks fine. The machine pumps the water in but it won't pump it out or agitate, it just makes that buzzing noise. what else could I check if coupler is good?

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Moses.

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Ok, yes it could be the motor then. But that isn't a really common thing. Where does the buzzing come from? Electrical buzz or mechanical? When it is buzzing does wiggling or advancing the timer have any effect?

Post a complete mod# from under the lid. You're missing a few digits at the end.

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I will try and wiggle the timer to see if it has any effect. I will also check the clutch assembly to see if there are any broken parts that could be causing this problem. How can I tell if the clutch assembly is bad? Will there be any broken parts or just worn out parts?

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Remove the Pump from the Motor and try running the Washer ...

If it still only "hums", then remove the Motor and then run the Washer.

You'll need to hold the Motor down with your foot ....

Does the Motor still "hum" ?



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I did wiggle the timer and there was no effect whatsoever. I did paid really close attention to find out where the hum is coming from. It sounds like it is coming from the motor. When I set it to spin starts to hum for like five seconds and then you hear a click and then it dies.

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You need to check the capacitor



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Where would I find the capacitor? What steps would I need to take to test it? Please let me know. I do really appreciate your help.

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Behold the anatomy of the motor and friends:



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Thanks for that great picture. Now that I know where to find the capacitor; how can I test it to find out if it is good or not.

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Good capacitor:



Bad, evil, naughty capacitor:



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Thanks Samurai,
Can I safely test the capacitor by just unplugging the appliance from the power outlet? I know that even when unplug the capacitor will still hold a charge.

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Yep just unplug the machine and disconnect the wires from the capicitor just don't grab the capicitor terminals with your fingers.



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Great. Does my multimeter has to be in the ohms reading option? What readings will it show if is good or bad?

Thanks for your help.

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yes, on OHMs

(try different scales)

 

one direction, numbers should start increasing ... then level out near infinity ..

then reverse probes ... same results      ^    ^   ^

 

 



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Thanks. If I get the numbers mentioned above; would that mean the capicitor is in good shape?

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I did test the capacitor. I got a reading of 197 volts and then it drops to zero. I did reverse the probes and got the same 197 volts and then it drops. Does that mean the Capacitor is good. Please help. I am trying to find the problem.

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I'd imagine those are OHMs, not volts ..

yes, looks good



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Yes, those are ohms. That's what I meant. So if the capacitor is good, what should I check next? Please help I am trying to get to the bottom of this problem.

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