Recently we have noticed that our washing machine (Whirlpool LSR801PQ2, ~6yrs old) has been having trouble with the spin cycle. All other cycles work normally. When the spin cycle begins the motor appears to be running as well as the pump, however the tub and agitator do not spin. When we turn the machine on-and-off with the console knob in the spin cylce many times (~20), we can get the tub and agitator spinning, though initially it appears to be turning at a slower rate and the characteristic loud click is not audible. Once we've gotten the spin cycle mechanism engaged, we can then turn the spinning off-and-on again with ease by either lifting the lid up-and-down or turning the macine on-and-off with the console knob. Each time we do this it appears that the locking noise gets a little louder and the spinning rotation speed increases. Once we turn the knob to other cycles (wash, rinse, etc.) and then return the knob back to the spin cycle, we go right back to the same problem - no spinning. Any suggestions?
Then its your clutch and basket drive thats worn out, its always best to change both the clutch and basket drive, I've installed just the clutch separately on a few and it didn't solve it, then went back to change the basket drive and worked great.
Unless you want to just install the clutch first, you can, if the clutch doesn't solve it then you have to install the basket drive.
I replaced the clutch as recommended and now the washing machine spins like a top!!! When I inspected the old clutch there were signs of wear: uneven groves on the brake shoes and worn rivets that secure the brake shoes to the clutch band. Also, I was able to turn the clutch band inside of the clutch housing with realtive ease - clearly indicative of worn brake shoes. The brake lining could not be as easily turned in the housing on the new clutch assembly.
Thanks for all the comments and recommendations. Diagnosing the problem and making the repair got me another feather in the do-it-your-selfer cap