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FIXED Kenmore 110.26712690 top load washer drum spins

jaybake32

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Model Number
110.26712690
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
More than 10 years
Hello I am having a few issues with my Kenmore 110.26712690 top loader and hoped someone could provide guidance. It had been banging violently, and I discovered the "skate plate" was out of rotation so I corrected that, and now it has much improved. It still wobbles some in the spin cycle, but it is about 70% improved. However, in the process of fixing that (and changing the dogs while I was at it) I noticed that the tub spins pretty easily by hand when it is off, and it was my understanding that it should not turn easily by hand. Is this correct, and if so, what problem would that suggest?

I also noticed that when the spin cycle ends, the agitator stops, but the tub will continue spinning for several seconds. I read this is caused by a loose "tub" or "spanner" nut. I did tighten the nut, as it was quite loose, and this correct the problem one time. The next time I tested it, the tub continued to spin for several seconds again, independent of the agitator, after the spin cycle ended. I should mention that I do not have the proper spanner wrench and used a screwdriver and hammer instead, so perhaps that is the problem, or, can something else cause this problem?

I do like the machine - I have owned it since new and I would rather repair it than buy a new one loaded with electronics, so any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated!
 

rickgburton

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I read this is caused by a loose "tub" or "spanner" nut.
The drive block has two cut outs and sits on top of the spin tube. The two tabs on the spin tube fit in the two cut out on the drive block. The tub sits on the drive block and the spanner nut locks the tub and drive block to the spin tube
Spin Tube Drive Block.jpg


If the drive block becomes loose over time, the two spin tube tabs can work like a lathe and cut the top of the drive block. Then instead of the spin tube turning the drive block and tub as one unit, it turns inside the drive block.
WP Direct Drive Drive Block.jpg


It works like this; When the motor turns the transmission in the CCW direction it's in agitation mode and the gears in the trans turn the transmission shaft back and forth. In agitation mode the brake package on the end of the spin tube is engaged and keeps the spin tube and tub from moving. The only thing moving is the transmission shaft in the center of the spin tube. When the motor turns the transmission in a CW direction or spin mode the clutch releases the brake and the spin tube and tub go into a spin. At this point the transmission shaft is in a "freewheel" mode. The agitator might seem to be spinning with the tub but that's due to the centrifugal force from the tub spinning. You can easily stop the agitator with your hand while the tub is spinning. When you stop the motor the brake is engaged and the spin tube and tub stop.
 

jaybake32

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Thank you - that was it. In fact I was just checking what I did yesterday after reading about these "ears" in another post here, and sure enough I had not pushed the block down far enough to actually mate the ears in the slots. All seems well now, thank you so much and thanks for the explanation of how it all works too, that helps it make so much more sense!
 
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