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Washing machine wouldn't spin but it sounded like it was trying!

Shari L. • Cedar Rapids, IA • June 29, 2014
Appliance: Model KENMORE SERIES 80 My Repair & Advice

Got home from vacation and found that my niece had loaded the washing machine with a ton of towels that were still really wet. Turned on a spin cycle and could hear the motor running, but no spinning. Looked it up on Samurai Fixit and found the problem described exactly. Saw that the part to replace the motor coupling was about $10, so decided to give it a try. Followed the Appliance Repair video and it was perfect: step-by-step instructions, easy to follow, and covered everything. The only difficulty was in lining up the motor coupling and then getting the motor mount clips back on. Those little suckers were tough! Would have taken less time if one of the grommets hadn't come off...which I found after I had everything back in place. I probably wouldn't have notice or known what it was, but in the video, he actually explained that could happen. So, took it all off and did it again. Also, can't stress the need to wear gloves to protect your hands when doing this work. Sheet metal will slice you up quick! This repair reinforced the decision to get the simplest machines possible for washers and dryers...so easy to fix it yourself!

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Repair Time Estimate

1-2 hours

Tools Used
    Nut Drivers, Pliers, Screwdrivers
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