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How to repair Kenmore Washing Machines or Appliances

Updated on June 5, 2011

Kenmore Washing Machines or Appliances

Kenmore washing machines or appliances are really not that hard to repair,if one has the mechanical and electrical knowledge to do so.

You can save a lot of hard earned cash fixing your kenmore washing machine.

Just follow these simple instructions and you will have the job done within one hours time.

Take the Model 70 or 90 Kenmore washing machine for instance.

It will not agitate or spin and has a direct drive motor!

Well to repair the washing machines,the first thing to do is disconnect the power supply.

Now you will want to disconnect the water supply lines and the drain hose.

Get a big pan and place the drain and water supply lines in it to drain them or you will have a wet floor.

After draining the lines,the next step is to pull the washing machine out from the wall.

Now you can either put it on a dolly and take the washing machine outside or you can position it in the house where you can work without any obstructions in the road.

The washing machine will need to be placed as to have the bottom exposed.

Do this by standing in front of the washer and pull it over towards you,and place the facial part on the floor.

This exposes the bottom so you can fix it.

On a direct drive washer there is one round plastic gear with a rubber bumper inside,that connects the washer motor with the drive mechanism.

This little culprit is usually the problem that causes the washer to quit agitating or spinning.

The plastic parts are white with a round black grommet in between the plastic mechanism.

You will notice right away if this is the problem as the plastic parts will be broken or missing.(laying on the floor or in the washer casing.)

To fix this and replace the drive mechanism is easy.

You will need a socket set,pliers,screw driver to remove end replace the part.

The next step is to take the pliers and slide the keeper ring back ,so you can undo the drain hose from the pump assembly.This drain hose is only 10 or so inches long.

You will see two black metal straps holding the motor to the drive assembly.

At the top of the straps is a screw,which you will remove with the socket set.

Now the straps can be removed by prying the outward with the screw driver.

Once the straps are removed the motor will lift up off the drive or gear box,and the white drive mechanism will be exposed for removal.

(NOTE)You do not have to take the motor completely out of washing machine.

Sometimes the screw driver will have to be used to pry the round plastic mechanism off the motor or drive box.

You will notice that the replacement part has three prongs on each side that protrude through the rubber grommet.

The reason for the rubber grommet is to make the washing machine run smoother by creating a bumper or friction release.But being made of plastic it will wear out eventually and you will have to repair the machine.

The plastic drive gear will fit over the drive assembly easily,but there are oblong grooves that have to fit over the drive gear shaft and the motor shaft.

Once you get the round plastic drive assembly connected to the motor and gear box shafts,you will assemble the two black straps,by snapping them into place and put the retaining screws back through the straps and tighten.

Now replace the hose assembly and slide the retaining ring back up to hold and keep the water drain from leaking.

Now you will stand the washing machine back up and place it back into it's normal area.

Place the drain line back into the drain pipe and place the hot and cold water lines onto their respective shutoff valves.

This is how to repair direct drive Kenmore washing machines or appliances.

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      Frank 7 years ago from Montana

      Yes I just sent my g-daughter instructions and it worked on her water hoses,which were plugged.

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      Zinebase 7 years ago

      Firead great article , very easy to follow. I was about give up when I found it. thanks.

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      Frank 7 years ago from Montana

      True,People discard appliances that require a minor repair to work again.

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      McKBrew 7 years ago from Washington State

      A great DIY article. Too many people toss items that could have been simply repaired.

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      used military vehicles 7 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. Hehe.. Yes, I am grinning as I wanted to know something related to this and your hub has pointed me again to that thin. Thanks mate

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      Frank 8 years ago from Montana

      I haven't had a repairman fix anything in a long time,but I suppose $35 an hour plus mileage.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      That is a helpful hub and great advice. Thank you for it. I am sure it saves a lot of money.