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The DRSNews
February 2006
 
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A Special Welcome to all my new subscribers!

In this issue:
1) How to Cure Spin Vibration in Whirlpool/Kenmore Washers
2) From the 'Cool Websites' Dept

Note: I'm really running low on time this month, so this issue's going to have to be pretty brief (please keep the applause to a minimum!)

1) I've had a lot of questions about this and have been wanting to address it for a while, so here goes.  A bad vibration in spin, even to the point of the machine 'walking', is pretty common with Whirlpool, Kenmore, Kitchenaid, and Roper direct drive (top-load) washers - one of the very few 'glitches' I see in them regularly. 

The short answer to the question is 'support pads'. The mechanism rides on 3 plastic pads mounted to the base 'tripod', and when they wear, even a little bit, the machine will vibrate like crazy in spin, even with no load. Part # 285744 includes all three pads for  around $10, and they're not hard to replace. Here's what they look like: 

Whirlpool washer support pads #285744

And here's how to replace them: 

Unplug the washer. Remove the 2 Phillips screws that retain the console. (On some machines, these are hidden under console end caps that must be pried off. On newer models, they’re on the back of the console). Rotate the console fwd, then up and back; it will hang back out of the way if the washer’s away from the wall far enough.

Unplug the white lid switch plug and pry up the 2 large clips that hold the cabinet to the washer back panel.

Tilt the entire cabinet forward and it’ll unhook from the retainers on the base. Lift the cabinet off and set aside (not as heavy as it sounds!)

With the cabinet off, you'll see 3 large horizontal springs, one in each corner of the support 'tripod', and one smaller, vertical one in the left-rear (counterbalances motor weight).

Unhook all 4 of these springs, lift up on the tub and mechanism (a helper's handy here), and insert a small piece of '1-by' (5/8" or 3/4" thick) board between the base and triangular support plate, one side at a time. This will allow you to access each of the little plastic brown support pads one at a time. 

Use a little lighter fluid to clean the mating surface of the support plate that these pads ride against before inserting each new one.

Be careful not to scratch the support plate when working under it; it must be smooth and contaminate-free to provide the proper amount of 'snubbing' to the mechanism's movement. 

Knock the old pads out, one at a time, by lightly tapping on their mounting pins from underneath with a hammer. Put each new pad in place in its mounting holes, carefully remove the wooden 'prop', then stand up and push down hard on the tub on that corner. You'll hear - and feel - the new pad snap into its mounting holes.

Repeat this process for each of the other two pads mounted on the support 'tripod' (do the rear, 'fun' one last, after you have experience replacing the other two), and your washer will behave a whole lot better in the spin cycle.

And if you have any trouble finding the support pads locally, let me know. I keep lots of them in stock, and can get a set to you fast. You can order them here

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A grin from the archives: 
''The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is
suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three
best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.''
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2)  Another Cool Website: I've been awed by Google Earth, at  http://earth.google.com , but Microsoft has come out with their own version recently, and it's pretty amazing. Combining satellite imagery and aerial photography, it has to be seen to be believed. And, unlike Google, there's no software to download. 'Fly' over and see what your home looks like from the air at "Windows Live Local":  http://local.live.com 

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May God richly bless  you and yours,

Dave Harnish
Dave’s Repair Service
New Albany, PA
drs@sosbbs.com
 
http://www.DavesRepair.com

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