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Default Whirlpool washer clicks/won't spin.

Alright, my fellow mechanically-inclined brothers. The wife just came upstairs to tell me that our washer wasn't working. I went down to check, and found that it is agitating erratically, and will not spin on the spin cycle.

I'm thinking it is the clutch assembly. I have one pulled up on-line ready to order, but wanted to ask if any of you guys have anything to add or something I may have missed.

There's really not much to the working assemblies of these things, so I'm thinking "what else could it be?"

Anything I'm missing? (Before you say it, I've already checked that the wife's G-string undies aren't caught under the agitator, )
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You're right, Paul, you're wife's G-string isn't caught under the agitator because they are in my... whoops, never mind. That's a different conversation.

Yes, washers are pretty simple and dryers are even simpler... more simple... simplest... whatever. I think you've got it figured out. The timer is usually the first thing to go, but if the timer seems to be going through the motions, your next failure is the clutch pack.

Good luck, Bro, let us know how it turns out. And we want pics... of the fix, not your wifes G-string. I've already seen those... Damn it! I gotta quick typing out loud.
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You're right, Paul, you're wife's G-string isn't caught under the agitator because they are in my... whoops, never mind. That's a different conversation.

Yes, washers are pretty simple and dryers are even simpler... more simple... simplest... whatever. I think you've got it figured out. The timer is usually the first thing to go, but if the timer seems to be going through the motions, your next failure is the clutch pack.

Good luck, Bro, let us know how it turns out. And we want pics... of the fix, not your wifes G-string. I've already seen those... Damn it! I gotta quick typing out loud.
Thanks, Roger. I think you have re-enforced my thought on the clutch assembly. (And those airline ticket stubs to Texas in my wife's underwear drawer.) Hmm...... two mysteries solved in one night!
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^no, that one was me.


Anyway, yeah typical clutch pack. I used to pick up washers for free and replace the packs and sell em for a nice profit. So many of them on craiglist for little to no money with that issue.
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The contact points on the timer are very prone to arcing and pitting. If you have the patience and some good fine emery paper they can be easily fixed. They are quite simple actually. Using a camera to take pictures as you disassemble will help when it comes time to put it back together. A timer usually costs $100 to $200 but cleaning contact points only time. I did this 2 times with an old maytag washer and it was still running when I got rid of it for a new front loader. Doing the clutch or agitator would be my second choice and for that I would simply upgrade the washer for the price. I could usually pull the timer and clean the contacts and reinstall in about half an hour. There are probably vids on the removal of the timer and contacts on youtube.
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Have you checked the proper operation of the safety switch that prevents the spinning while the door is open?

I hate to be different than everyone else, but if you haven't checked that, you should, as it could be the problem. I doubt it, but it's possible


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^^^^ This is also a possibility. The Maytag had what was called a wax seal that was part of the door safety latch kit.
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Hey thanks, fellas. The switch & timer seem to working as they should. I went ahead & ordered the clutch Wed. night, and it showed up at my door this morning!

I've replaced these before on other models. The part I just got looks almost identical to those.

I'll install it tomorrow morning (beer time tonight), and let you guys know how it worked.
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Well, the clutch was pretty worn out. Replaced it, and problem persists.

Do any of you guys think it could be the coupler between the motor & transmission assembly? (Hence the mechanical clicking sound).

I'm getting PO'd now, lol. I'll find the problem & fix it, guaranteed. Just wanted to know what you guys think.
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I'm still leaning on the timer. If you take the covers off you can sometime get a peek at the points. When the washer goes into the spin cycle it has a large draw and burns them up. A quick clean with a piece of fine emery paper folded in half while holding the contacts together will revitalize them. I have done this with a couple of washers that I have had over the years just to keep them running for lack of cash to replace and the stubbornness of being a service tech in an electrical and mechanical industry not wanting to be beat.
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