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No Gentle Speed Whirlpool Washer
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Post# 1080061   7/6/2020 at 15:44 (1,248 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawai’i)        

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My 1974 (?) Whirlpool washer model LFA5700G1 will not engage in gentle agitation or spin.  Normal cycle works fine.  Gentle/Knit/Perm Press will fill but only buzzes when trying to agitate and spin.  Neutral drain works fine since it’s Normal speed.  Any ideas?


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Post# 1080072 , Reply# 1   7/6/2020 at 16:41 (1,248 days old) by imperial70 (MA USA)        

I am no expert. Just wanted to say that's a great looking Whirlpool. I always loved the shift from gentle wash to neutral drain. Very dramatic. :-) Could it be a motor problem with your machine?

Post# 1080073 , Reply# 2   7/6/2020 at 16:45 (1,248 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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L"F" series is 1978-79 model-year.  Check for a wire burned or loose on the motor.  Or bad timer.  Or bad motor.

Post# 1080112 , Reply# 3   7/6/2020 at 20:21 (1,248 days old) by Supersurgilator (Indiana)        

Beautiful machine!! I agree my first thought is something is going on with the low speed in the motor windings.

Post# 1080125 , Reply# 4   7/6/2020 at 23:52 (1,248 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

Just curious, is the cool-down drain (Permanent Press and Knit cycles) low speed?

Post# 1080144 , Reply# 5   7/7/2020 at 07:10 (1,248 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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as a quick test, switch the wires on the motor terminals....

set machine to normal, does the motor run on slow speed now?

no....bad motor

yes...timer or wiring issue

Post# 1080154 , Reply# 6   7/7/2020 at 09:47 (1,247 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Good suggestion Martin, Switch the orange and blue wires leave the white wire alone.

John L.

Post# 1080168 , Reply# 7   7/7/2020 at 11:39 (1,247 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I had this issue a couple of months ago on my Kenmore portable washer and ended up having to replace the motor since the low speed was no longer working and mad a funny burning smell when running

Post# 1080371 , Reply# 8   7/8/2020 at 18:52 (1,246 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        
Permanent Press agitation downshift

Is it at the 6 minute mark in the Permanent Press cycle where the agitation downshifted from high to low speed?

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