it seems to agitate just fine. no unusual noises. WHen it starts to spin, I hear a single "click" that I assuem is a clutch kicking in. (I bypassed the lid switch with a magnet so I can observe the tub). I do not hear any repetitive clicking. It also sounds like the motor is running fine, revving up to speed.
I have NOT looked at the belt. I hope that is the problem. I will check it in a few minutes.
ok--- here's the deal. Cover of washer removed... the belt seems to be in great shape, and reasonably tight. When I set the thing to "spin", the shaft of the motor is clearly running, but the pully wheel on the motor shaft that drives the belt is not spinning. It will move if I (safely) move the belt with a screwdriver (the pully is not frozen up), but that pully wheel is not spinnining with the motor. Clutch?
ok, I must loosen the motor to get the belt off. The clutch is VERY hot, too hot to touch.
I loosened the four nuts. slide the motor back, removed the belt.
Next I removed the spring clip from the bottom of the shaft. I expected the clutch/pully to then slide off the shaft, but it did not. I don't know how to remove the clutch, and I am not sure where to look for the round hollow pin
OK, I took the entire motor assy out and have it on the counter top. I removed the clip at the END of the shaft, but still the pully etc would NOT pull of the shaft. THere is one of those "C clips" that runs around the shaft. I removed that C clip, then the pully wheel (which is part of a metal bell housing) slid right off. Under that bell housing are two sets of "brakes" (I guess) that I assume when engaged "lock" the bell housing with the pully to rotate with the shaft. Those locking arms are secure to the shaft (they turn with it). I am thinking those brake arms are not engaging to "hold" the housing /pully tight to the shaft.
Well, I looked closely under good light, and I do not see any sort of pin or a hole for a pin. The shaft, with this mechanism over it, is about one inch diamter and smooth and shiney. Attached to that are six little "ears", three on each side. The two end ears have little teflon caps, and middle one is just bare metal. One "brake shoes" sit on top of each set of three ears. That mechanism on the shaft is absolutely tight with the shaft. It is rock solid.The part of the brake that would be like the brake shoe on a car is smooth and has a black powder build up. THe inside of the bell housing that those shoes contact is also "slippery" with black powder.
I am thinking if I clean all that up and get rid of the "slippery" powder then I may be OK>
ALSO-- when I removed the belt, even though the belt was tight, it had a major cut nearly all the way through, so I suspect even though it was tight to the touch, under the heavy load it was probably slipping.
I susupect if I clean everything up, replace the belt, I might be in business.
"almost" like that. I have those four little white ears which I described as the teflon ears and in between each pair, a middle tab. However, mine does not have the "u shaped" channel horizontal through the shaft.. I suspect that is where the pin would be. Mine almost looks like the entire assy is "sweated" to motor shaft, or even welded... probably sweated. But it is rock solid with the shaft. The two brake shoes "float" on the ears and you can lift them right off.
Do those "brake shoes" just engage/disengage based on centrifugal force? that is what it looks like to me. I suspect if I get the belt replaced so its not slipping, and clean the parts up good to get rid of all the slippery powder, I will be in business. The mating surface between the shoe and the housing are both slippery with powder.
Double checked, my model number from mfg label is WPSB8060BOWW. The machine was purchased in Aug 2002 and has never had the cover removed until tonight.
I just photographed my part, but can't figure out how to attache the file.
yes, it will be mid day tomorrow before I can fiddle with it and get a replacement belt. Thanks for yoru help tonight
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I disassembled, cleaned, lubricated and reassembled and reinstalled the clutch. I ran it without the belt, and I could see the pully wheel turning during the spin cycle which it was not doing before. There seemed to be a lot of "crud" in the clutch that I believe was preventing it from engaging.
I also installed a new drive belt, and now everything seems to be working fine.
Thanks for your help.