How to Repair a Whirlpool Kenmore Washer

Removing and Replacing the Motor, Pump and Motor Coupler

The following instruction are for removing and replacing the motor, pump and motor coupler on Whirlpool made top loading washers including Kenmore top load washers

*NOTICE: Before you begin verify that the washer is unplugged from the electrical power

To Get Started on your Whirlpool Kenmore Washer Repair

1. To access the internal components of the machine remove the screws at the base of the console.

2. Grab the console by the base and pull it forward a quarter of an inch and flip it up.

3. Unplug the lid switch from the body of the machine.

4. The body of the machine is held in place by two clips. Use a flat head screwdriver and stick it into the lip of the clip and pry it back.

5. Remove the body from the machine by lifting the lid and grabbing the front with your hand. Rock it back toward you, and brace it with your knee and lift it back.

To Remove Your Washer Pump

6. Next, to remove the pump, locate the two clips on the motor. With a flat head screwdriver, pry each clip away from the pump. Turn the clip 90 degrees to remove it from the slot in the motor.

7. Next use a pair of pliers to remove the spring clamps securing the hoses to the pump.

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To Remove Your Washer Motor

8. To remove the motor first remove the electrical connection.

9. Then use a nut driver to remove the screws that hold the clips to the motor

10. Now use a flathead screwdriver to pry the metal clips away from the motor

11. Whenever the motor is replaced a new coupler should be installed. Appliance Parts Experts recommends using the heavy-duty commercial coupler part number 285852A

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To Remove Your Washer Motor Coupling

12. The old coupler can be split using a large screwdriver and a hammer.

13. Use a large socket to tap the replacement coupler on the transmission and motor shafts. Some technicians apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or grease on the shaft to ensure that the new coupler is not damaged during installation

More Washer Repair Parts

We covered how to replace a pump, motor, and motor coupling in your Whirlpool Kenmore washer repair. If you find that you need a replacement part that is not listed above, feel free to browse our website or visit the washer parts page.

If you have a hard time finding the part you need for your washer, just give us a call at 866-236-3848 and one of our Part Experts would be happy to help you find the exact OEM replacement part you are looking for to fix your Whirlpool Kenmore washer.

Locating the Model Number on your Washer:

When calling to find an exact replacement part for your washer, you will need the Model Number ready to go. The model number on a washer can typically be found in one of four places: under the lid, on the back of the control panel, the bottom left corner (exterior), or the back of the washer near the water inlet valves (exterior).
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