Agitator is not turning well. The basket spins fine. I took out the agitator and the shaft turns but I can hold it so it doesn't move at the same time the basket is spinning. There is also a clicking, grinding noise. Is this most likely transmission, clutch or drive tube problem?
Answer Hello Kevin,
If the motor coupler 285753A looks good, the issue can be with the clutch or internal to the gearcase. The only way to diagnose the clutch properly is to pull the gearcase down and check it. Damage will be obvious since most of the time there will be parts sitting in the clutch drum if a condition here exists.
I have a Whirlpool washer that takes a drive block 389140 this is the second time I have replaced this I think that the drive block design is a big blunder It makes a lot of noise at the end of spin, this last one lasted about 8 months!
Answer Hello Shuman,
The drive block is probably being damaged by worn tabs on the basketdrive 285792. If the corners of the tabs are worn so they are rounded instead of square, the weight of the load will cause the drive block to "jump" these tabs and it will eat out the center of the drive block. Since the basketdrive brake tube is stainless and the drive block is made of case metal, the drive block takes the brunt of the wear.
My whirlpool washer makes a thumping sound on the spin cycle after the wash, the rinse and final rinse.
The most likely cause for the thumping noise would be the agitator banging as it spins or the drive block being damaged and causing the unit to thump.
Originally, my Whirlpool was not agitating. I replaced the Motor Coupler and Agitator Dogs and reassembled the machine. As I ran a test cycle, the washer filled correctly, agitated correctly, but encountered a new problem when spin cycle started. There is a loud clicking noise, not quite grinding, but clearly metal "slipping" type of sound. The machine will spin with no problem, but as speed increases, the sound intensifies.
I pulled off the agitator to watch the spin cycle and see if I could identify the problem. I could see the metal rod, where bolt is inserted to hold agitator in place, "slipping" (not spinning at same speed as drum).
Is this a clutch issue? A washer drive block issue? Maybe something else?
One last bit of info, for years, the machine has leaked a orange/red substance that I assume is grease (not a black oil). Wondering if I've finally run out of something and this is what's causing the metal clicking / slipping sound?
This issue could be caused by a faulty drive block or possibly the spanner nut being loose. You will also want to make sure that the tub is not rounded out where the drive block goes into it which would cause the same type of slipping issue.
My Whirlpool Gold washing machine is making a loud clanking noise during the spin cycle. It gets louder as it goes through the cycle; this is a consistent ping, sounding like a hammer hitting the drum.
I just replaced the washer drive block and spanner nut. I also replaced the clutch assembly kit prior to that.
Both parts didn't look worn, however I still replaced them and the sound remains.
QUESTION: What part needs to replaced when the washing machine makes this noise?
The sound still remai
Answer Moe & Curley, When you replaced the drive block 389140 did you check the "tabs" on the top of the drive tube to make sure they were still square and not rounded off ? and did you get the spanner nut as tight as possible without "mushrooming " the tub . You may need to remove the filter assembly, under the tub and install the filter plug kit 285868.and check the wire harness to insure the harness is installed in the retainer clips along the back of the cabinet and to the motor, and in the control console, a harness that is "tapping" the cabinet will make a similar type noise.
Three weeks ago the washer was not spinning the water out of the clothes. I ordered and replaced the clutch. It worked one week with no problem. Now it makes a machine gun sound on the spin cycle. Even after I replaced the drive block. Can you help me?
Answer Robert, A couple of things to recheck for. The motor drive coupler 285753A, check the tabs on each coupler, are any of them bent, broken, or cracked. Check the basket drive and drive block, are the tabs at the top of the tube, where the drive block mounts, rounded off or distorted, and is the spanner nut 21366 tight enough to properly secure the drive block and basket to the drive tube. Lastly, check the Clutch Engagement Cam on the basket drive, make sure its not worn or distorted, and properly secured to the drive tube.