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Kenmore 80 Series Washing Machine Won'T Spin Unless....


Name: Tye  City:

Question: My Kenmore 80 series washer won't spin unless I either open then close the lid or push the timer off then on again. If I don't do this, when it comes to the spin cycle, the pump will just hum. I already have a new timer. I've ohm checked the motor switch and the motor and they check out good according to the manual. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Name: rick, rick's appliance service | Date: December 6, 2004, 6:34
Answer: Have you had the transmission replaced recently? Or you got the wrong timer. pips5@excite.com


Name: Tye | Date: December 6, 2004, 8:53
Answer: No, the transmission is original. I checked the new timer and it seems to match the original. The machine functions fine untill it needs to spin. Then I have to open and closed the lid to get it to spin. Then it functions fine again. Thanks for the help.


Name: rick, rick's appliance service | Date: December 8, 2004, 6:41
Answer: I don't understand, the timer matches? Did you order a timer by the model number on your washer? Sounds like wrong timer.


Name: Tye | Date: December 8, 2004, 11:35
Answer: I ordered the timer by the part number listed on the breakdown in the owners manual. What I mean by matches is from what I can see everything looks the same and the different color wires match up to the same pins as the old one. I'm thinking it's not the new timer only because the machine is acting the same way as it did with the old (original) timer.


Name: marvin white | Date: December 12, 2004, 11:21
Answer: won't spin at all under any circumstances


Name: Tye | Date: December 14, 2004, 7:07
Answer: It won't spin by itself. I need to either lift the lid up then close it or push the timer in then pull it back out. Then it will spin and continue on untill it needs to spin again.


Name: rick, rick's appliance service | Date: December 16, 2004, 5:08
Answer: You have the wrong or bad timer. Need to order timer by model number. The timer has a pause in it, to allow the tranny to shift into spin. Lifting the lid or pushing in the timer and re-starting you are makeing it pause. The first whirlpool washers would go into drain and spin at the same time. They changed it so it would drain first, pause the motor then shift into spin. So,,,it sounds like the machine is working properly but the timer is not pausing allowing tranny to shift into spin.


Name: Tye | Date: December 16, 2004, 8:50
Answer: Both timers, the new & old one, did have a pause in it right before the spin cycle. The machine washes, pause, drains with a spin, pause, then just hums when its suppose to be spinning. When I lift the lid, I hear a "clunk" and the tub turns a little bit, close the lid, and it starts spinning.


Name: Brett | Date: January 2, 2005, 11:00
Answer: I have the same issue.....with the original timer


Name: Gen | Date: January 10, 2005, 16:06
Answer: I have the same problem with the original timer too. But actually, mine no longer spins. What do I do?


Name: Tye | Date: March 14, 2005, 12:05
Answer: I replaced the gearcase and the washer works great. Timer was never the problem.