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Whirlpool washer's overload code comes on all cycles. washer

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whirlpool washer's overload code comes...
whirlpool washer's overload code comes on all cycles. washer has only 2 pieces of clothing
JA: Who manufactured the pool?
Customer: its a whirlpool cabrio
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes if possible
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: the first load i did may have been overloaded but after that they were small loads. it stop and goes to ol when its about to go into spin cycle on all loads now
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Appliance Technician: Tyler Z., Appliance Doc replied 2 months ago

To start, 2 pieces of clothing is just has hard to balance if not harder then being overloaded. You need an average sized load on these washers for the unit to be able to spread the clothes out and properly balance them so it can go into high speed spin.

Now if you put an average size load inside and still have problems, you have an issue. The most common problem is a nut below the inner tub that needs to “float”. Floating is when the tub fills up with water to a certain level the inner basket will rise about 1 inch from the center agitator. What this does is disengage the basket from the motor so that the agitator can rotate independently from the basket. If the basket does not float then when it tries to agitate the whole basket will turn back and forth at the same speed as the agitator and this will cause the OL/UL error code.

To fix the problem if the basket is not floating you will have to take the washer apart. Below are the steps to follow if you are mechanically able to tackle it:

1. Unplug the power cord

2. Lift the top of the washer up, to do this there are 2 latches in the seams between the top and
the bottom sections. These latches are about 6 1/2 inches from the right side and left side of the washer. You need to insert a small screwdriver (be careful not to scratch the paint) and push the latch while lifting the top section.

3. The top will actually fold back leaving the inner tube fully exposed. Support the glass lid so it doesn’t get damaged because it is very heavy and will fall open when you flip the top back.

4. Remove the plastic top of the tub. There is one hose connected at the back and there are several snaps around the outer edge that hold it on. Remove the hose and unsnap the snaps and set it aside.

5. Remove the cap covering the very center of the agitator. It is just snapped in place and can be pried off with a small screwdriver.

6. Remove the center screw under the cap.

7. Remove the agitator, you need to lift it evenly and might have to work your way around by pulling on one of the three fins and then the next and so on. I also had luck using a small pair of needle nose pliers and grabbing a small lip inside the area where the screw was and pulling from there.

8. Remove the 6 Phillips screws in the middle holding the plastic top gear in place. Be very careful you don’t drop one of the screws because it can fall through the slots in the basket and be lost below.

9. Remove the plastic top gear.

10. Pull the plastic lower gear off of the splined shaft. It should pull right off.

11. Now you need to pull the basket up and off of the shaft. This is where you might have problems because the basket might be corroded to the shaft. If you can grab the basket on both sides under the outer lip and pull upward it might pull up. If not, then you will have to figure out a way to get it off.

12. Once the basket is off you will notice there is liquid inside of it. That is factory sealed in there so do not worry about that, it is normal.

13. With the basket is off you will be able to see that the shaft is probably corroded and the inside bearing on the basket is corroded. Clean these both off very good and check to see if the basket can easily go back on the shaft and slide up and down without getting stuck. You may need to sand and file the shaft a little bit to get it totally cleaned up. The inner bearing of the basket is plastic so it is pretty easy to clean with light sanding.

14. Reassemble in the reverse order and your done. Check to make sure the basket can easily float now by pulling up on it from the top inside lips.

Now if for some reason you don't find corrosion or the issue is not fixed, order and replace the 4 suspension rods because they have just become weak.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
there is no center agitator.
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
is that another 24 dollars
Appliance Technician: Tyler Z., Appliance Doc replied 2 months ago

There is. Just because it doesn't stand as tall as old washers doesn't mean there isn't an agitator at all....It's just a low rise agitator. Some call it a "wash plate". Either way, you remove the cent cap on the bottom "wash plate" and there is a bolt underneath you unscrew to remove the lower rise agitator.

$24? Are you talking about a phone option? yes that is an additional fee but I didn't send you that option. The site sends that automatically and you can just cancel that.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
thank you. well take it from here.
Appliance Technician: Tyler Z., Appliance Doc replied 2 months ago

OK sounds good. Good luck!

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Appliance Technician: Tyler Z., Appliance Doc replied 2 months ago

Hello again. I'm just following up because I haven't heard back from you and I see this question is still open and unrated. Is there anything else I can help you with?

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