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    Default whirlpool washer will not engage into spin cycle

    Model Number: LSQ9110PW
    Brand: Whirlpool
    Age: 6-10 years

    I've searched posts in hopes of resolving my washer issue, but couldnt find a definate fix. If there is a post with a resolution, please direct me.
    Now for my issue....
    After the agitation, my washer will not engage into the spin cycle. Water will continue to pump out of the machine, but it will not engage into spin UNLESS I open then close the lid OR if I push in and pull back out the timer.
    I replaced the clutch and this did not fix the machine.

    From the posts I've read, Im leaning toward replacing the lid switch, but Im not sure that the machine would even pump the water out if the lid switch was broken or going bad.



    Thanks in advance for any and all replies!

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    Your washer uses a neutral spin transmission. What that means is, after 2 minutes of pumping the water out the the timer pauses the motor and the clutch engages the spin. Usually one of two things causes this problem. Either the timer points are stuck together and not pausing the motor or the lid switch is not engaged when the timer pauses the motor. Here's how you check it: Fill the washer with water and start it on the last few seconds of the wash cycle and let it go into the drain cycle on it's own. If after two minutes the washer doesn't stop or pause, the timer needs to be replaced. If it does stop or pause but does not start the spin cycle, the lid switch is most likely not engaged and might need to be replaced.
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    Thanks for the info! I'll try this when I get home later and send you some feedback.
    Just to clerify...After the agitation, the machine should stop then start to pump water out (for approx 2 mins)
    THEN the machine should engage into the spin cycle?

    Just want to be sure I'm following correct steps and checking correctly. Thanks!

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    The washer will go from agitate to pump out almost immediately without stopping. Then after 2 minutes it should pause or stop. The reason for this is to keep the washer from spinning a full tub of water.
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    Rick, Your help is greatly appreciated! I learned a few things from your reply...
    The unit worked as you described. I was too impatient and expected the washer to spin immediately after the agitation stage. I wasnt waiting for the pump to do its job. The clutch replacement worked after all, however I am still concerned about something.
    The pump did its job for approx 3 mins (I timed it) until the spin cycle engaged. During the pump stage the pump seemed to be making a 'grinding or whirring' sound which is very noticible. Could the pump possibly be getting ready to go out? I know its impossible for you to determine this since your unable to 'hear' what I'm talking about. I guess what I'm asking is that during the pump stage, should the pump sound be this noticible? Is there a way to check the pump as well? or is there possibly another issue I should be aware of?

    Thanks again in advance! your extremely helpful with the info you already provided.

    Quote Originally Posted by rickgburton View Post
    The washer will go from agitate to pump out almost immediately without stopping. Then after 2 minutes it should pause or stop. The reason for this is to keep the washer from spinning a full tub of water.

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    Here's the water pump for your model:
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    You might have something caught in the pump and it's easy to check. Just watch this video:

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    Sorry took so long to reply, finally got to check the pump. Found nothing. I guess the sound is just the 'nature of the beast' as they say 'if it works dont fix it' so I'm going to leave it be for now. My orignal problem, seemed to be the clutch which I replaced. Thanks for your replys and assistance! I will definately keep this site handy for future.

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    OK Sounds good!
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    Default I am having the same problem

    Hello Rick,

    It looks like I am having the same problem on my Whirlpool LSQ8243HQ0 model.
    "After the agitation, my washer will not engage into the spin cycle. Water will continue to pump out of the machine, but it will not engage into spin UNLESS I open then close the lid"
    and same time it makes humming noise. If I dont catch the moment to open and close the lid, it will stay in same situation making humminig noice for 5 min. and timer will go over all cycles. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    After the wash cycle the motor immediately starts the drain cycle. The washer is draining and you hear a humming noise? Can you tell where the humming noise is coming from? If you don't open and close the lid, will the machine fill back up and start the rinse cycle?
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