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Kenmore 11072693430 Basket Drive 366659
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Post# 972159   12/7/2017 at 14:22 (222 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

Anybody know if I can substitute a basket drive with a different part number for the basket drive that originally came on my washer (original basket drive part number is 366659)?

I see several for sale on ebay but I am not sure if those have a long enough tube or if the springs are strong enough.

I bought a new/ refurbished basket drive from a local appliance shop a while back because it was the last one they had. I never checked the part number on it. I installed it but the springs were too weak to fully engage the brake. So, I re-installed the old one which works fine but has some grooves in the tube. I would like to eventually replace it with one that doesn't have any grooves in it.

My washer is a Kenmore 11072693430. The basket drive part # is 366659.

Post# 972189 , Reply# 1   12/7/2017 at 17:07 (222 days old) by arris (Rochester New York)        
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Have you considered removing the springs from the old drive and installing them on the new one ???

Post# 972255 , Reply# 2   12/7/2017 at 23:07 (222 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Ethan -

I am pretty sure that the basket drive assembly you installed before is an aftermarket unit with a brake disc and lining similar to Whirlpool's earlier pre-fast brake design. The manufacturer meant for these to be used in fast brake machines, but some of the components involved are not identical to the WP originals that were equipped in your machine, including the brake springs. They are not color coded in the aftermarket parts, and may be a "one spring fits all" set-up, though I am not totally familiar with non WP drives.

Jim is correct that you may be able to swap the springs, but with WP and non-WP components involved they may not perfectly swap. This is easily done on WP to WP drives.

The last part number I have for a new drive assembly with an 18.5 inch spin tube for the 95405 belt and green springs (largest capacity) is 383925. This may be somewhat hard to find, as machines using this drive have not been manufactured since late 1977.

FYI that part number 383921 is the bare 18.5 inch spin tube. If you locate one of those, you could transplant on the old pulley, yoke, and other parts.

Good luck!


Post# 972325 , Reply# 3   12/8/2017 at 09:14 (221 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

Thank you guys. No, I haven't entertained the idea of swapping springs. It seems like it would be a pain in the butt to do that. I was thinking that you need a specific tool for that job. Is swapping out springs easier than I think it is?

Also, thanks for the other part number Gordon. I thought that the spin tube was pressed onto the pulley so I didn't think that replacing it was possible.

Post# 972326 , Reply# 4   12/8/2017 at 09:20 (221 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

There is a basket drive (383925) on ebay right now. He's asking $149 plus shipping. That's a little rich for my blood right now with Christmas on the way. There a few other basket drives on ebay as well with part numbers that are close to 383925 such as 383926, etc. but close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

Post# 972438 , Reply# 5   12/8/2017 at 21:20 (221 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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There were 13 different drives available at one point, all for the various but subtle differences between each machine. 383927 for example is identical to a 383925 except it has the pulley for the narrow, quiet pak belt --- major difference.

The 383926 is for a compact portable with the poly-v belt, and would not offer many components in common to your machine other than the spin tube itself.

There are three spin tube lengths, three different pulleys, and at least four different spring colors/ratings.

The closest incorrect drive that would fit your machine is 383923. It has red springs for the standard capacity models.

Some of these sub-over to more recent part numbers, which begin with 285xxx. I have found most listed on eBay using both numbers.


Post# 972980 , Reply# 6   12/11/2017 at 10:39 (218 days old) by flyingethan (Oklahoma City)        

Thanks Gordon. So how do you go about swapping the springs out on a basket drive? Are there any tricks-of-the-trade that make things easier? I loosened up the set screw that holds the brake guide in place but it won't budge. I am not sure how to get that wire that's holding things together loose either. Anyways, any help is appreciated, as always.

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