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Kenmore Washer Won't Spin

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer won't spin are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Washer won't spin

Cause 1Drive Belt

Inspect the drive belt to determine if it is broken or if it is loose on the pulleys. If the drive belt is broken or loose, replace it.

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Drive Belt for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Drive Belt - Part # 916708 Mfg Part # 134051000

Washing machine inner tub drive belt, 6 ribs.

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Cause 2Door Latch

The door latch secures the washer door shut during operation. Once the washer door is shut, the washer can begin operating. If the washer door is not latched shut, the door switch will prevent the washer from operating. If the door latch is defective, the washer will not spin or start. The door latch can fail either mechanically or electrically. Inspect the door latch for damage. If the door latch is damaged, or does not close properly, replace it. To determine if the door latch has failed electrically, use a multimeter to test any switches on the door latch for continuity. If one of the switches does not have continuity when activated, replace the switch.

Parts
Door Latch for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Door Latch - Part # 1531974 Mfg Part # 131763202

Washing machine door lock and switch assembly for front loading washers. If the washer will not start, the door lock may be defective.

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Cause 3Motor Control Board

The motor control board provides power to the motor. If the motor control board is defective, the washer may not function properly or may not work at all. First, check the control board for burned out components. To determine if the motor control board is defective, ensure that the control board is providing power to the motor. If the control board has power, but is not providing power to the motor, replace it.

Parts
Motor Control Board for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Motor Control Board - Part # 1206430 Mfg Part # 134149220

Waching mahcine spin control board assembly for a front load washers. If the washer does not spin then the control board may be defective. Be sure to check the door lock before replacing the control board.

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Cause 4Drive Pulley

The drive pulley connects to the washer drum and works with the drive belt and motor to rotate the drum. If the drive pulley is worn out, the drive belt might slip off, preventing the washer from spinning. Remove the drive pulley and inspect it. If the drive pulley is defective, replace it.

Parts
Drive Pulley for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Drive Pulley - Part # 780798 Mfg Part # 131883400

Drum drive pulley

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Cause 5Rear Drum with Bearing

The rear drum has a bearing or bearings in it to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing system is defective the washer can become very noisy and the tub can stop spinning. On some machines bearings are sold separately from the rear drum, however we recommend replacing both the outer drum and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together because removing and pressing in the new bearing can be exceptionally difficult. Be aware that replacing the outer tub and bearing is also not easy and can be very costly.

Parts
Rear Drum with Bearing for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Rear Drum with Bearing - Part # 407639 Mfg Part # 131525500

Rear outer tub assembly with bearing and shaft seal. This bearing is only available with the tub assembly—it is not available separately. The O-Ring between the front and rear outer tubs is sold separately.

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Cause 6Drive Motor

The drive motor might be defective. However, the drive motor is rarely at fault for this symptom. Before replacing the drive motor, first check all of the more commonly defective washer components. If none of those components are defective, consider replacing the drive motor. To determine if the drive motor is defective, first ensure that the motor is getting power. If the drive motor hums but doesn’t run, is noisy, or does not turn freely, replace it.

Parts
Drive Motor for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 1378616 Mfg Part # 134869400

Front-load washer drive motor. This part has been updated by the manufacturer and now features a single leg for mounting. (NOTE: The drive motor is often incorrectly diagnosed.)

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