My one year old whirlpool, warranty just ran out, has about 4 centimetres clearance under the agitator as opposed to another new one that I saw with about 1 centimetre clearance. The agitator is bolted down as far as it will go. The machine had stopped spinning on it's spin cycle and I was replacing the clutch when I noticed the excess clearance. I'd pulled off the agitator and noticed that the white fitting under the agitator wasn't sitting down and the clip was loose. The centre of the metal sheath that circles the agitator shaft is about 4 centimeters above being flush where it should be, as checked on the new one that I mentioned previously that I'd inspected with 1 centimetre clearance, so the white fitting wont go down far enough and clip in when the agitator is put back on. It was like this when I started the job and, yes, I have pulled the clutch repair apart and reassembled it three times so I'm pretty sure it's right too. It seems like the bowl has dropped down however, as I never installed this machine originally, it make be true that this fault was there from new. It doesn't seem balanced right at all when it runs following the repaired clutch but it does spin now and goes through it's whole cycle OK. I've changed the motor coupling as well and the motor and gearbox etc are seated down properly. Love the site and thanks in advance, Dave
ANSWER Hello David,
This sounds like the drive block, 389140, has an issue. If the spanner nut 21366 has loosened up, this can cause the issue you are describing. It can also wallow out the spin basket 8541746 opening where the drive block sits normally and the entire inner tub will drop, causing the excessive space under the agitator and the inner tub will drag inside the outer tub. This will prevent the spin cycle from being properly executed also. The spanner wrench needed to tighten and loosen the spanner nut is TJ90TB123A.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, May 29, 2012