The Kenmore Elite HE3 is a washing machine by Kenmore.

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High speed *only* on Drain/Spin cycle

I have a Kenmore Elite HE3t washer model 11044932200 that isn't getting up to a high speed spin on any of the washing cycles. It only gets to high speed on the drain/spin cycle. There are no codes at the end of the washing cycle. I've already opened the filter for the drain pump and didn't see anything clogging. Running it through a diagnostic cycle, the washer drains quickly.

I watched a load go through the rinse and drain/spin cycles. It appears that it can get a load balanced and spinning at low speed without shaking but for some reason, decides to stop and try to rebalance. I checked around the rubber ring and there's nothing in there to obstruct spinning either.

After the washing load finishes, the clothes are very wet. When I put it on Drain/Spin cycle, it spins at high speed, drains, and the clothes are just slightly damp at the end, as expected.

Also note that the motor was replaced a little over a year ago, and the drum & seal was replaced about 5 years ago. Thanks for any suggestions that might help me zero in on the problem!

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Yep, that fixed the problem. Thank you very much! When I put on the new belt it was very tight and I thought it might be the wrong part. I double checked and the part numbers matched for the belt I was replacing. The old one didn't show wear or damage but apparently had stretched out over time.

I also replaced the pressure switch along with the belt because my wife said she saw a F9 error code last week. I don't know if the two problems were related in any way but I'd say that the belt was the primary cause of this problem.

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Drive 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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