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this can be a pain. first make sure the brake has not dropped down, its probably hitting that, there is a white plastic piece that you can see it on the clutch assembly, you may need to reach up and turn this to release the brake so you can get the brake to go in fully.this is the basket drive and break assembly.
i put the shell back on and leaned the sucker over on its side and turned it while jiggling, it went back in, now on to the coupler. hopefully thats it. thanks for your input. i guess if it turns funny or brakes funny i will be back to you or I ll scrap it...
bryan, I got the parts yesterday ( motor coupling and a new inlet valve). I installed the coupling and it came apart before the first load was done. The stupid metal sleeve separated from the plastic on one of the halves and stopped working. I also ordered a new inlet water valve which did not fit and did not align with the bracket at all. I had to drill new holes in the bracket they sent in order to secure it and have enough room against the side of the cut-out to tighten the hose fittings.
I am sure the coupling is some how my fault even though I tapped it on the shaft using a spark plug socket just as the video showed. very frustrated....