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Post# 1033871   5/29/2019 at 14:15 by LawrenceMcLane (Texas)        

First time working on a belt drive Whirlpool Kenmore, something is broken on the wig wag and I have no clue what to look for online to buy. Any help?

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Post# 1033872 , Reply# 1   5/29/2019 at 14:26 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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It would seem that the plunger on the left is stuck in the solenoid coil; it may be possible to free it up with a spray of PB Blaster. The wig-wag assembly (also called the 'control magnet assembly' in older WP/Kenmore repair guides) may be replaced if necessary. Not sure of a current part number but I am sure other more knowledgeable folks here will chime in with that.

The good news - swapping out a wig-wag is not difficult. Even I have done it... LOL

IF the plunger itself is broken or damaged, a replacement is available (I have that part number and a picture if you need it).


Post# 1033874 , Reply# 2   5/29/2019 at 14:49 by LawrenceMcLane (Texas)        

turquoisedude, here is a better picture of the part, I spun the motor by hand and a piece separated. Here is also. Link to a video of it working.




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Post# 1033876 , Reply# 3   5/29/2019 at 15:01 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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OK, that plunger is definitely broken! Here's what I bought last year to get my '65 Lady K running again. Looks like I got it from PartSelect.

It was a slight pain to replace, but not that bad!!


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Post# 1033880 , Reply# 4   5/29/2019 at 15:47 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The wigwag has to come off to replace the plunger.  Sometimes can be a challenge to get it loose.  The sector gear shaft onto which the wigwag mounts is split and expands a bit to grip it when the bolt is tightened.

You may consider pulling the transmission and cleaning/lubricating the cam bars.  There's a compression spring that mounts atop the bars, behind the wigwag, to hold them down.


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