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110.29842991 Kenmore series 80 washer model won't agitate, but does spin and drain

Eric Dittmer

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I have a Kenmore series 80 washer model 110.29842991 that won't agitate, but does spin and drain. The transmission shaft will not move (or make a noise) when timer reaches agitate mode. Appreciate your thoughts on what might be causing the problem.
 

Eric Dittmer

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Thanks for the reply Rick. Do you have a recommendation on how I test if gear case is bad? Note that the washer still spins fine, just won't agitate. I did see another blog on this site (below) where they had the same exact symptoms as mine, albeit w/ a different model of Kenmore washer. In their case, replacing the timer fixed the problem. Welcome your thoughts.
 

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After the fill cycle is the motor running or does the machine go dead?
 

Eric Dittmer

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Machine goes silent right after fill cycle until timer eventually advances to spin cycle, and then spins/drains water. Agitation mode is being skipped in all cases even when trying on different settings (regular, permanent press, etc.).
 

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OK, after the fill cycle check for 120 VAC between the blue wire and the white wire on the motor switch.
 

Eric Dittmer

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By motor switch, are you referring to Speed Selector switch? (Options on panel are Water Level, Water Temperature, Speed Selector and main control dial to engage washer). Sorry - just not familiar with term. Thanks Rick.
 

Eric Dittmer

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I looked at parts diagram and realized it is internally by the motor, hence motor switch. I'll check voltage b/t blue and white wire after fill cycle and will let you know the results. Thanks.
 

Eric Dittmer

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Hi Rick,

I ran the washer per your directions. Had to jumper lid switch wires to operate w/out exterior. In checking voltage b/t blue and white wire on motor switch after fill cycle, the agitator began working (and of course read 120v). I guess that jumpering the blue/white wire on motor switch activated agitator. What are your thoughts based on this finding?

Thanks,

Eric
 

Eric Dittmer

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Strangely, agitation is working now and ran thru compete cycle fine. Perhaps a loose wire connection was inadvertently fixed when I was doing my testing. Thanks for the help Rick.
 
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