The washer will agitate for 10 seconds, then it stops and I unplug it. After 15 seconds, there is a click in the motor and I plug it in and it runs again for 10 seconds, etc. This is a used motor I just purchased on ebay because the original motor was exhibiting similar symptoms. Can it be the capacitor is bad?
Answer Hello Ed,
I doubt the capacitor is bad because the motor would not be able to start if the capacitor were the issue. I would remove the harness from the motor and bypass the lid switch. Put the unit into a spin cycle and test from ground to each of the terminals. There should only be one terminal with 120Vac on it. If you find more than one with 120Vac on it, the issue will be either a bad fabric selector switch, a bad wiring harness, or a bad motor. These are the most common causes but if you find more than one wire with the voltage present, you can use the wiring diagram to trace the wiring back to the cause of the problem.
I have replaced the timer, overhauled the gear box with a neutral drain kit, replaced the motor with a used motor from ebay and still having trouble. I jumpered the wires to bypass the timer and when I plug it in, the washer agitates for 10 seconds, then stops. I unplug the power and, after 15 seconds, I hear a switch in the motor click on. Please help!
Answer Mark, That sounds more like an overload in the motor is "opening" due to overheating. you'll need to verify you're testing the motor correctly. If the issue was a capacitor, the motor wouldn't run, or would only hum. You need to make sure you're "jumping" all the correct wires and contacts at the timer in order to send the power to the correct contacts on the motor, to make it run properly. Also check and make sure there is no excess drag on the gear case. turn the coupler Clockwise, should be a little easy to turn, Counter clockwise, will be a bit difficult. perhaps, the "used" motor is the issue.
Will not agitate. Timer does cycle through all cycles... fills with water - does not agitate - drains water and spins and rinses and respins.
Have taken cabinet off. With cabinet off and water to machine shut off, jumped across lid switch and manually turned timer through cycles - motor not running in wash/agitate cycle but does run in spin cycle. There is a very very slight hum from motor when in wash cycle. Tried checking capacitor with a digital OHM/V meter but not sure of the results. Also, checked OHMs for the motor... start windings had a resistance of 5 ohms, high speed windings had a resistance of 1 ohm, low speed windings only got O/L, extra low speed windings had a resistance of 2 ohms, motor safety protector had a resistance of 0 ohms. Do you think I have a bad capacitor or bad motor or something else? Is there another test I can perform to be certain? Thank You.
Answer EP, We're pretty sure your issue is not in the capacitor, 8572720 or motor 3350418 but most likely in the timer 3946476. were the capacitor faulty, the washer wouldn't run in any direction, your motor does spin, so power is supplied through the capacitor to the motor. The resistance readings you supplied, are within the factory specifications Start winding 4 to7 ohms , low speed 1.5 to 3 ohms and high speed .5 to 2 ohms resistance. The same windings are used to make the motor run in both directions, the timer reverses the polarity through the wiring in order to change the motor direction. What you'll need to do is, remove power to the washer and access the timer. Place the timer dial in the regular wash cycle and pull the knob out like you would to start any cycle. Then using your meter, check across the two terminal contacts listed in the timer cam and cycle chart on the wiring diagram inside the control console, to see which contacts have an "open" or partial circuit.