Thread Number: 71644  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
Lady Kenmore will agitate but won't drain or spin
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Post# 948064   7/13/2017 at 18:51 (284 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean 1986 YouTube. )        

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I went to do a load of laundry in my Lasy Kenmore portable and the tub still had water in it. I was confused. I turned the timer to the drain cycle and nothing was happening. The motor was running but it wasn't doing anything else at all. I turned the timer to the rinse cycle and it began to agitate. One the thing I noticed was there was no water coming out of the lint filter. Mine did have a lint filter at one point, but the lint filter on the washer was no ware to be found. It could either be the Wig-Wag solinoid or something else.


Post# 948098 , Reply# 1   7/14/2017 at 00:42 (284 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

It sounds as if the drain pump has seized. On Whirlpool belt drive washers the pump can seize up, but the belt can still slip on the pump pulley allowing the rest of the mechanism to operate.  Since the machine can't drain, the pressure switch remains satisfied and the circuit to the spin solenoid will not energize.  The machine will just operate in neutral during the spin phase.  


Depending on which portable you have you may be able to manually free it by hand without too much work.   If you have the larger convertible model there is a rear access panel.  Remove the panel,and loosen the motor mounting bracket to relieve tension on the belt.  Now you reach under and around the right sideof the transmission  and try turning the pump pulley by hand.  Try turning it in the opposite direction from the norm to see if it frees the impeller.  If not you either need to rebuild or replace the pump.  


If you have the smaller unit (later models) youhave to remove the entire cabinet to access the pump.  That is complicated and requires review of the appropriate service literature.  Check the Ephemera library for Whirlpool service manuals.  You can also search the site for a thread regarding this procedure (not sure if one exists).  


Good luck and keep us posted.  


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