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repair questions for westinghouse and kenmore
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Post# 44820   9/10/2004 at 11:59 (7,166 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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have two questions to ask club members. first who out there is a laundromat master? still cant figure something out on mine. and second what all has to come apart to replace a wig wag in a kenmore. any advice would be such a great help. thanks chris

Post# 44824 , Reply# 1   9/10/2004 at 13:44 (7,166 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Hi Chris,

I can help you with the W/P wig wag. Is this pertaining to the '51 Kenmore that you posted pictures of? I had a '53 that I junked because it was in such bad shape. I'm pretty sure that the wig-wag is mounted to the gear stud of the tranny by a 5/16 hex head screw. You just have to remove the screw, then remove the 4 wires from the solenoids and rock the wig wag back and forth while lifting off the stud. Had I known, I would have saved the wig-wag from the '53 Kenmore. NEVER thought anyonbe else would need one.
You can email me if you need anything further.


Post# 44835 , Reply# 2   9/10/2004 at 15:59 (7,165 days old) by fixerman ()        

Just to add to Coldspot's post. The earlier whirlpools had a slightly different wig wag. If you can find one with the large diameter plunger you can replace it directly. If you need to replace it with the newer style with small diameter plungers, you will need to replace the plungers also. They can be a bear to replace the plungers because the pins going through the cam bar are specially hardened steel.

Post# 44858 , Reply# 3   9/10/2004 at 21:19 (7,165 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        
wig wag replacement

When replacing the wig wag, make sure the plastic bushing ( or some kind of insulator) is in place in the hole where the wires feed through to prevent the insulation wearing through and shorting.

Post# 44859 , Reply# 4   9/10/2004 at 21:21 (7,165 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        
thanks for the advice

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sounds like fun. i have never messed with type of machine so it seems a little scary. but thats what i said about the laundromat. i think i found a wig wag so i guess ill give it a try. if it went together it should come apart. thanks john and fixerman

Post# 44868 , Reply# 5   9/10/2004 at 23:22 (7,165 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        

Don't worry, as was said, unless you have to switch plunger types, it's an EASY job.

Post# 44950 , Reply# 6   9/12/2004 at 19:53 (7,163 days old) by kreftgr ()        
Removing Plunger Pins or Rivets

I have found that the easiest way to remove a plunger pin, or rivet, is to grind off the end with a Dremel rotary tool with a grinding stone. Glen.

Post# 45088 , Reply# 7   9/14/2004 at 13:43 (7,162 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        
bad wig wag

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well after playing with this silly machine i found out that the spin plunger wasnt moving at all but the wag has power so i took it all apart and cleaned the goop out and now it works again so im wondering if is should just go ahead and replace the wig wag to on the safe side that way i wont have to worry about it again

Post# 45098 , Reply# 8   9/14/2004 at 15:40 (7,161 days old) by fixerman ()        

If it were mine I wouldn't replace it. If it goes bad the worst that could happen is it won't spin or it won't agitate. Maybe keep a look out for one off an old machine to keep for a spare. They really don't fail that often and with limited use it probably won't be a problem.

Post# 45156 , Reply# 9   9/15/2004 at 13:06 (7,161 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        
thats what im thinkin

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i was thinkin the same thing. just a little cleaning and a touch of oil and seems fine. the way the machine is set up under there is really sort of cool to watch.

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