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washer won't spin in last cycle only

I have a Kenmore stackable unit that's about 18 to 20 years old. Occasionally in the last 2 years it would not spin in the last spin cycle and everything would be ringing wet. On Sunday I washed a single pair of jeans and the unit was making a squealing sound and when I opened the door to where the unit is, there was a smell of burning rubber. On Tuesday I tried to use the washer again where it went through the entire wash cycle, but did not spin in the last spin cycle. I'm not sure if it's the timer, the transmission or the belt. The motor appears to be operating fine.

Posted November 02, 2011


Priscilla V, November 02, 2011

A Washer is definitely something we depend on and when it begins to malfunction it can be a huge inconvenience. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

Joe G. - Personal Solutions Manager, November 05, 2011

Without knowing the model number off of your washer, I am not able to provide you with specific information.

From your description, I am assuming that your washer is filling and agitating, just not spinning.

If you smelled the burning smell during the drain and spin then perhaps the drain pump is at fault. There is a spin bearing that might be guilty but usually a spin bearing will squeal or sound like a train if it is bad. Also, it could be a bad belt.

Please reply to this thread with more details. Thanks for choosing ManageMyLife!

Josh, November 05, 2011

I thank you for your answers to my questions, possibly the following info can help. @ Joe G. This is the info you requested. The unit is a Kenmore stackable. On the front panel it reads, "Kenmore Laundry Center". That's it. The Model # is: 417.99170800 The Serial # is: W14223258 After searching and finding the name plate on the top of the unit, I noticed in the left, lower corner it read 10-91. Is that the date of manufacturing? It would make sense if it is because that's about the time the cabin was built. To clarify, the washer is not spinning in the LAST SPIN/ RINSE CYCLE ONLY. The washer works perfectly in the entire wash / spin cycle, except in the last spin/rinse cycle. The squealing and burned rubber smell only happened that one time when I washed a single pair of jeans. When I used the washer two days later there was no squealing and no burned rubber smell, but it did not spin in the last spin/rinse cycle causing the small amount of clothes to be ringing wet. I'm not sure if the transmission has anything to do with this, but with my mechanical knowledge I would think it's the trans, the timer or some switch I don't know about. A friend of mine thought it could be the door switch. Good question. If it is then the washer would not go into the first spin/rinse cycle. I am totally at the mercy of your professional knowledge on this. To ease confusion, I feel we could cut through the BS if we talked on the phone. I would prefer it. Let me know and I'll send my info. Thank you. If need be, I can take a video of anything you need to help. If we get to that, you'll have to instruct me on how to take the panels off. I know it's simple, but I don't know the trick. I don't have an electrical meter, so don't ask for electrical outputs.


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