Thread Number: 68600  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
new thread, same machine, 1959 Whirlpool washer won't spin
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Post# 913607   1/2/2017 at 11:27 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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This continues from an old thread-----

Washer worked fine for a year, then had a clunk a few times as it went into spin, then just froze up for spin, no movement, belt ruined.

I installed a new belt yesterday and greased both the cam bars and all items they ride thru and move and everything that moves them. Agitate is fine, pumping is fine, but the washer completely stops when the spin cam starts to move. From up top, the basket will not budge an inch, very frozen in place.

This is a 1959 (year of my birth) upscale Whirlpool with no other problems, and a matching gas dryer, so if it takes some massive rebuild, I will do it for sure. About 5 years ago I completely rebuilt a 1960 Whirlpool(but memory fades since then)

Thanks Gordon and John and others---

Post# 913638 , Reply# 1   1/2/2017 at 14:09 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Mark -

If you can't reach in and spin the basket by hand, not even a little, then something is wrong in the centerpost & basket drive areas.

You'll need to remove the agitator, the tub ring, the agitator drive block, and the basket locknut to remove the inner wash basket.

Then you'll be able to see what condition the centerpost is in, and what might be causing the lock-up.


Post# 913692 , Reply# 2   1/2/2017 at 19:06 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
all better

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Gordon-----maybe I was weak the other day? I took off the water inlet and the filter assy, and snubber, got the tub top off and decided to give it one more push. It moved with one hand. It moved easier and farther with two hands, so I put it into spin and it took off wonderfully. Then I did suds return for dry agitate, then back to spin just to be sure.
2 loads of clothes later, all seems well and I will leave well enough alone. There is a smell of new rubber from the belt, not burning rubber, and the old one was BAD.
Now, it kicks into spin with no problem at all, rapidly gets up to speed, and the pumpout seems better during neutral drain, real power behind it. Who knows how old the old belt was, but what a NEW MACHINE with a new belt.

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