This DIY washer repair guide explains how to replace the motor coupling on a top-load washer. The washing machine motor coupler is a flexible coupling on the motor shaft connection to the direct-drive transmission. If the drive system seizes up, the coupling breaks to protect the drive motor from damage.
How to know if your washer's motor coupler is bad
If the washing machine motor coupler isn’t working, you’ll notice one or more of these symptoms:
The washer fills with water and drains, but won't agitate or spin even though the drive motor runs.
The motor buzzes when the motor is running.
You smell burning rubber or plastic when the motor runs.
If the washer fills and drains but doesn't agitate or spin, replace the motor coupler with part 285753A.
Direct-drive washers that use the motor coupler covered in this repair guide are made by Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Estate, Crosley and Roper.
If you're not sure if your top-load washer is a direct-drive washer, check out our washer FAQs to learn how you can tell.