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Kenmore Washer Won't Spin or Agitate


The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer won't spin or agitate 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 or agitate

Cause 1Motor Coupling

The motor coupling connects the motor to the washer transmission. If the washer is overloaded, the motor coupling will fail in order to protect both the motor and transmission. The motor coupling can also fail due to normal wear. Inspect the motor coupling to determine if it is broken. If the motor coupling is broken, replace it.

Motor Coupling for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Motor Coupling - Part # 1195967 Mfg Part # 285753A

Washer drive motor coupler. New style with metal sleeves for added strength. This version replaces all previous motor coupler styles and versions. For direct drive washing machines. Common symptom of failed coupler is washer will fill, not agitate or spin but will drain the water from the tub.

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Cause 2Lid Switch Assembly

The lid switch assembly prevents the washer from spinning when the lid is open. If the lid switch assembly fails, the washer will not spin. To determine if the lid switch assembly is defective, use a multimeter to test the lid switch for continuity. If the lid switch does not have continuity, replace it.

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Lid Switch Assembly for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Lid Switch Assembly - Part # 547222 Mfg Part # WP3949238

Washing machine lid switch assembly with wire harness. If the washer does not spin, but will agitate then the lid switch is likely defective.

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Cause 3Drive 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.

Drive Motor for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 156 Mfg Part # WP3352287

Washing machine drive motor, 3 speed, 1725/1140/850, Amps- 9.8/8.5/8.8

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Cause 4Transmission

The washer transmission might be worn out or defective. Transmissions have gears in them that can fail causing the washer to not spin or agitate. However, this is almost never the case. Before replacing the transmission, first check all of the other components in this troubleshooting guide. If the motor is turning the transmission, but the washer won’t spin or agitate, consider replacing the transmission.

Transmission for your KenmoreWashing Machine
Transmission - Part # 423 Mfg Part # 3360629

Transmission (gearbox) for direct-drive washing machines. If the gears inside the transmission are worn out, the washer may not spin.

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