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Appliance Repair Blog

Whirlpool Washer Doesn’t Spin Out Well

Posted on June 25, 2011

On Whirlpool built direct drive top load washing machines (also built under the Kenmore, Estate, Roper, Inglis, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, and Amana brand names) the motor is directly connected to the transmission and no belt is used.  When people complain that the washer doesn’t seem to spin out the clothes as well as it used to, it is commonly the transmission leaking grease that causes this problem.  What happens is the seal on the top of the transmission goes bad and leaks grease onto the clutch.  Once the grease gets onto the clutch, the clutch doesn’t have enough friction to spin the tub.  Lighter loads will usually spin out better than bigger heavier loads.

Some easy things to look for is grease on the floor underneath the washer.  Or if you tip the washer back you will see grease that has been spraying onto the sides of the washer.  To properly repair this problem you will need to replace the transmission and clutch on the washer.

Bad clutch/transmission with grease on it.

Grease spraying onto the inner sides of the washer.

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