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Kenmore Series 70 Washer Not Spinning

Kenneth W. • Monterey Park, CA • March 16, 2014
My Repair & Advice

Our Kenmore Series 70 washer no longer spun during the rinse and spin cycle. After scouring the resource on the internet, the lid switch checked out OK, so it boiled down to the wig wag solenoid unit that engages the transmission. The back panel was opened and a check with a multimeter showed one of the solenoids was an open circuit and provided no resistance reading. Removal of the old unit required some finessing with a prying tool and hammer to force it off of the shaft. The new unit didn't fit on right away and there is really no room to leverage it on. A comment found onlline suggested sanding the shaft, but there isn't much room to do that. Instead, The hole diameter of the wig was solenoid unit was increased 0.010" and now proved to slipped on easily. Not everyone has access to a machine shop, so I would recommend opening the hole with sand paper. It won't take much to get the aluminum piece cleaned up to allow for simple installation. After reinstalling the set screw, the new solenoid unit fit as tightly as the original. Reconnecting the wires and closing the panel back up were the final steps in getting the washer operational again. Tip: Take a picture of the solenoid wiring configuration before removal as a reference for reassembly. Thanks to AppliancePartsPros.com for providing the forum and reasonably priced parts, and the forum members that contribute. Our 20+ year old washer is fully operational again. I would say if you have the tools and mechanical aptitude, this is something that can be done yourself. Trouble shooting and removal took about 2 hours of my time. Installation took about 30 minutes and probably can be done faster if the washing machine was already opened and ready for the part.

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2+ hours

Tools Used
    Nut Drivers, Pliers, Screwdrivers
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