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Post# 959283   9/26/2017 at 14:35 by pumpkina (California)        

during the spin cycle.

It looks like the photo below (note that there are NO links in this post).

What should I look for when working on it?

Also, these models weigh about 225 lbs, much more than full size. Why do they weigh so much?


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Post# 959284 , Reply# 1   9/26/2017 at 14:50 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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where the heck did you get the 225lb figure from?

most of these units weigh no more than 40 to 70lbs....

Post# 959285 , Reply# 2   9/26/2017 at 14:53 by pumpkina (California)        


That's what I thought. The 225 lb figure comes from here:

Post# 959287 , Reply# 3   9/26/2017 at 15:02 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
That number

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Might refer to shipping/crated weight.

Post# 959290 , Reply# 4   9/26/2017 at 15:14 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I guess with my bionic arm, I forget how much these weight as I have two of them, and lift them myself in and out of the Jeep taking them to events for show and tell...

Walmart is showing these machines from 1.0 cuft capacity at 43lbs...and the 1.7 at upwards of 77lbs....

also, if you don't add a link, an icon wont show up to check for one....

Post# 959292 , Reply# 5   9/26/2017 at 15:24 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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Thats not even the same model in the above pic. The one in the link is a completely different animal altogether. The one in the above pic is agitator based and the link one is impeller based. The washer in the Whirlpool version is LCE4332P and weighs a whopping 85 lbs and with water filled to High and clothes...max weight is 260 lbs total.
The above washer uses a rod and spring suspension system and it could be that one of the rods is out of the holder in one of the 4 corners. There are 4 rods in this washer. This washer is also called a "World Washer" since more than likely it had its birthplace in Brazil. Its also belt driven.

Post# 959293 , Reply# 6   9/26/2017 at 15:31 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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Brand: Whirlpool
UPC: 050946962948
Stock Id: 21494
Product Number: WPLCE4332PQ
Color: White
Type: Top Load
Capacity: 2.1 cu. ft.
Control Type: Touchpad
Technical Details
Energy Star: Yes
Portable: No
ADA Compliant: No
Reversible Door: No
Location of Controls: Rear
Type of Controls: Touchpad
Bleach Dispenser: Yes
Stainless Steel Drum: Yes
Fabric Softener Dispenser: Yes
Self Cleaning Lint Filter: No
Soak Setting: No
Number of Cycles: 4
CEE Rating: Not Available
Weight: 85.00 lbs
Width: 22 5/16"
Height: 38 1/4"
Depth: 24.625"
Volts: 120 Volts
Amps: 15A
Stackable: No
Temperature Settings: 3
Usage: Residential
Steam Cycle: No
Water Heater: No
Wash Cycles: 4
Leveling Legs: Yes
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This info I found online.

Post# 959316 , Reply# 7   9/26/2017 at 17:45 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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connect with us?....Mike, your so helpful, your one in a million, well, at least in this galaxy....

don't we all have to be on the same planet to connect?

those interstellar data rates are killer!

Post# 959322 , Reply# 8   9/26/2017 at 18:04 by pumpkina (California)        

I wasn't clear: I haven't yet seen it in person. This evening, I'll look at it and post the model and serial number.

Thanks for your help thus far!

Post# 959324 , Reply# 9   9/26/2017 at 18:16 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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Wait a mean to say this is not your machine and that it belongs to someone else?! Your opening post suggested without saying that it was in your home, you owned it, and you were asking for advice to a problem YOU were having with said washer. Sometimes being a tad clearer might help.

Post# 959325 , Reply# 10   9/26/2017 at 18:18 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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LOL Martin! Yeah I saw that “connect with us”thing a tad too late after I posted and I wasn’t about to edit it out.

Post# 959349 , Reply# 11   9/26/2017 at 22:56 by pumpkina (California)        

Kenmore Washer 44722

Model Number

Serial Number

Despite being level and having balanced loads, washer vibrates a lot during spin cycle. What should I look for to fix this?


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Post# 959355 , Reply# 12   9/26/2017 at 23:43 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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It could be the feet. Or you could concentrate on finding another one.

Post# 959363 , Reply# 13   9/27/2017 at 01:18 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Check the parts diagrams at

Could be bad suspension rods, or broken/missing suspension straps.

Post# 959365 , Reply# 14   9/27/2017 at 01:31 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I know this washer from soul...

Suspension arms worn or missing the coils. Or the plastic sleeve is broken. Simple as that, super easy fix.

Also check if the motor counterweight is on it's place.... if it falls, the motor weigh causes an unbalance.

Post# 959367 , Reply# 15   9/27/2017 at 01:41 by pumpkina (California)        


The parts diagram shows only one suspension rod and one connected strap

Two questions: aren't there four?

How do I disassemble the cabinet to access them?

Post# 959368 , Reply# 16   9/27/2017 at 01:56 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

There are foud, one in each corner...

Simply unscrew the two HEX screws on the back of the control panel and lift it...

Disconnect the wiring harness plug and the pressure switch hose.

To replace the suspension rods, just lift the tub a little bit, grab the rod and spin it until it releases from the sleeve.

It's a lot easier if you replace one at a time. In 10 minutes tyou can replace them all and reassemble the top. it's very, very easy.

PS. wear gloves.

Post# 959369 , Reply# 17   9/27/2017 at 01:59 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Forgot to mention... i don't remember how are the top covers in the american version... Maybe it may have two screws on the front corner or just a clamp that you lift the cover and push it from the back to the front.

Post# 959370 , Reply# 18   9/27/2017 at 02:00 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

BTW, thsi washer isn't the lightest ever, but it's never that heavy... unless it's full of water up to the top.

Post# 959401 , Reply# 19   9/27/2017 at 09:36 by pumpkina (California)        


How do I check the motor for an intact counter-weight?

Post# 959411 , Reply# 20   9/27/2017 at 10:50 by pumpkina (California)        

I removed the top and found that all four washer suspension straps (#22 in the diagram below) were missing. I think that a new suspension strap will connect to the inside wire of the washer suspension rod (#23, below).

However, there's no bolt hole for the suspension strap to attach to the basket. It looks like they connected the suspension strap to the basket with Zip Ties. How do I connect the suspension strap to the basket?

Also, what are common causes of all 4 suspension straps breaking?


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Post# 959418 , Reply# 21   9/27/2017 at 11:56 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

That was my first guess...

They can break by fatigue or overload or simply because they got too old and brittle.

Easy fix. even easier...

Post# 959426 , Reply# 22   9/27/2017 at 12:23 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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I assume you're talking about a counterweight on the drum? That's something different than a counterweight on a motor.

Post# 959431 , Reply# 23   9/27/2017 at 12:53 by pumpkina (California)        


thomasortega referenced the motor counterweight: "Also check if the motor counterweight is on it's place.... if it falls, the motor weigh causes an unbalance."

How do I check the motor and the drum counterweight?

Post# 959437 , Reply# 24   9/27/2017 at 13:30 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

The counterweight is a metal block attached to the tub, opposite to the motor.

But as mentioned above, the straps are missing (probably broken, so you'll find a piece of them right down the suspension arm and another piece hanging on the top of the tub) Missing straps is the very first cause of OOB.

Post# 959442 , Reply# 25   9/27/2017 at 14:00 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Thomas, how far are you away from it, I think you should race over there and give a helping hand....

I am sure there are more questions to be answered.....

Post# 959524 , Reply# 26   9/28/2017 at 02:13 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I Just realized that....

Pumpkina, how far are you from South Los Angeles/ Torrance area?

If you're at driveable distance, it will be my pleasure to drive by and help you.

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