My washer will not agitate but will go into spin cylce when dial is turned manually. According to the information I have seen, the timer is usually not the problem. I have taken the agitator off to ensure the coupling air bell is in good shape, taken off the front panel and spun the motor and belt by hand counter clockwise and the agitator does slowly move in both directions to confirm the transmission is working. On the wire harness, there are five wires from left to right, orange, yellow, violet/white, blue and red wire.
I believe the orange, violet/white, blue and red wire provide high speed power to the motor and was told if I swap in pairs, the orange and violet/white with the blue and red, it should give reverse polarity to the motor to test the motor direction? If this is correct, I tried that with no results. Do I need to do this with direct 110v power to by pass the timer? Is there another method to test the motor? Is there a method to test the timer?
Answer Hi George. Use a volt/ohm meter part # TJMA-DM1 to assist you in your diagnostics. Ohm between the Violet/white motor terminal and to the red motor terminal to see if the start windings has resistance. Then check the violet terminal to yellow wire motor terminal for the run winding. You can also ohm between the yellow and the orange for a closed motor overload. Check the Lid switch part # WH12X10531 for continuity that sends the neutral to the motor overload. Check the motor windings from each terminal individually to motor chassis for shorts. You Can use a 120 vac test cord black wire (L-1) feed at the red motor terminal (L-1). Put the test cord white (neutral) to the white/violet motor terminal and it will bypass the overload and start the motor. Reverse the test cord to these same 2-terminals and will reverse the motor. Check the pressure switch part # WH12X10378 on the Yel/blk wire for 120 volts to ground or a white wire. The pressure switch will close and send the 120 vac out to the Violet wire to the timer motor feed. Jumper these 2- wires and see if the timer now starts. Also remove the press. switch hose and blow back in towards the tub to see if a restriction does not allow the pressure switch contacts to close. Once the timer is started then the voltage goes out of the timer on the red #12 wire to the motor. It arrives at the motor on the red #22 wire. Jumper together the start switch wires to see if it is bad. Start Switch part # WH12X10498. Thank You.