View single post by hsmith
 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2007 01:54 am
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I followed the excellent advice I found on some of the posts about replacing a motor coupling on my ten-year-old Kenmore washer.  Except for a bit of cursing while trying to remove the plastic coupling that attaches to the transmission, everything went well.  Thanks!

But I hadn't really diagnosed the cause of the destruction of the coupling (the black rubber one was almost reduced to powder, and several of the pins on the white plastic ones had broken).  I was worried that the problem might reappear.

Fortunately, the laundry appliance repair forum gods were smiling on me, and I discovered a small plastic part that had apparently gotten caught between the basket and tub.  I assume that this had jammed the spin cycle, and the coupling performed according to design by sacrificing itself to prevent damage to the motor. 

Here is my question for the wise Samurai who runs this forum, or for any of his learned apprentices:

What is the part?  You might not notice from the attached picture, but it looks like it’s made of a hard semi-transparent plastic, with a bayonet mount between two guides near the open end.  The other closed and rounded end has the number 18 stamped on it.  There is black dust near the bayonet end (an indication that it had been mounted somewhere near the coupling?)

Is it essential that I replace it?  If so, where does it go?  I'd guess that it mounts to the back panel, but I can't find anything that looks like it on the repair parts list and diagrams.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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