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Broken Whirlpool Cabrio Washer(F51 error)


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Jan 31, 2015
Cleveland, OH
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Hello all, sorry if I'm intruding or anything, I didn't know if this forum had a introduction section or not.

I have a Whirlpool Cabrio (M# WTW6500WW1) that had the F51 error. I had tried the manual spin to see if the RPS's worked, and at first they did. All 3 lights lit up as I spun the tub. But, the F51 error persisted, and the washer wouldn't spin, or agitate. After I had taken the washer apart to check for problems(see below), and put the washer back together, one of the sensors had stopped responding correctly, and just slowly blinked on and off.

I took the washer apart, and noticed that there was a small chip on one of the magnet plates on the rotor. I removed the debris that was stuck in the plate, but I have no idea if that would effect the washer spinning or not. I don't have a camera, but I'm trying to get one so that I could show you guys what I'm talking about.

I also didn't take the tub out, so I don't know if there's any clothing stuck in the washer or not. I had took the spin blade from inside the tub off, but I didn't find anything other than a lot of gray sludge. I also didn't check the RPS harness or control board or anything, because I don't know how to check if they have "continuity" or not.

Before the washer started with the F51 error, it used to thrash around a bit while spinning, if that could help find the problem.

Like I said before, I don't have a camera, but I'll try to get some pictures to show you guys. I hope any of you could help me, I don't want to have to trash this washer machine that had stayed with me for so long, but I don't want to spend what I could have used to but a new washer. Thanks for your time.
Thanks Jake, I looked at the threads, and I'm going to check my cabrio's tub and bearings to check if theres any leaks. I'm also going to check the motor shaft and see if it's rusted. I'll post back if nothing changes for the good.
Ok, sounds good.:)


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