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drains ok but no spin

m # wjre5500g2ww installed new control board still no spin cycle

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Months ago our washer would not spin. Don't remember if off center load buzzer was sounding or not. Advice received from appliance repair tech was to shake the basket vigorously all around, side to side and front to back. Couldn't hurt and might knock the off center load switch loose (sometimes it sticks). That's all it took to get ours going again and saved loading the washer up for a trip to town.

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The lid switch may be defective. If it is, the washing machine doesn't spin. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.

The motor coupler may be broken. Many Whirlpool®-manufactured washers use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. You may need to replace it.

A belt may be broken. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)

The clutch may be worn. If your washer is a GE, it may use a clutch to come up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the unit from spinning well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.

The drive motor may be defective. Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.

The transmission may not be shifting properly. Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may drain the water but not spin. This is a complex system, if your washer has a shifter problem, you may want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.

The spin bearing or basket drive may be worn or seized. These components allow the inner tub to spin freely inside the outer tub. When this is the problem, you usually hear a loud sound during the spin cycle. Call a qualified appliance repair technician.

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If motor does not work, in particular on spin, the brushes may be worn to the point they do not make good contact with the commutator. On our Bosch I have replaced the brushes for the second time after 14 years (£7 plus postage). It helps to clean the commutator with very fine emery paper and check the belt while you have the motor out. After 6 months, I did find one brush spring caught on the wire out of the brush stopping it from making good contact with the commutator (it stopped again), which I should have guessed from the strange noise it started making when spinning. Adjusted the spring a little and it is fine.

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