Kenmore washer: not spinning/draining

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Old 05-24-17, 06:27 AM
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Kenmore washer: not spinning/draining

Hi all, my kenmore series 70 washer (110.20722 990) fills and agitates, then keeps agitating all the way to 'stop' on the timer, at which point it just sits there with dirty soapy water. However, if I manually rotate dial to spin, it will spin and drain. This occurs in all wash cycles. I have read other posts on the forum, seems to me it isn't the coupler since it will agitate, I'm wondering if it could be the timer, even though it will work when I place it in the spin position on the timer. Not the lid switch (I don't think) as it will agitate.

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Old 05-24-17, 08:18 AM
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Possble lid switch. On road now may be able to tell how to check later.
 
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Old 05-25-17, 08:46 AM
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To check lid switch. Find slot in top under lid. Put hand under switch and lift up. Use a pen or small screwdriver and push down on lever with washer in spin. turn on and if washer spins you need a lid switch.
If switch checks out ok than sounds like timer.
 
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Old 05-25-17, 03:20 PM
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keeps agitating all the way to 'stop' on the timer
Not a very common problem at all.

That sounds like a timer problem since you said you can get it to spin
by manually turning the timer.
 
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I don't think it is lid switch- I pulled control panel and lid switch has been bypassed (wires tied together). I'll order the timer (ouch!) and replace that.

Thanks for the advice.
 
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Get timer from someplace that has a year return policy.
 
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Old 05-26-17, 06:19 PM
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Timer OEM part number.... WP661636

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For a one year return guarantee it will cost $25 more from the online biggies.
 
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You state that you can manually select spin and drain. Most washers require the water level switch to change state (drain to less than 50 percent) before the timer progresses to the spin cycle. Does the machine drain and then spin when selected manually? The machine timing chart indicates what timer contacts are used (energized) during all the wash functions. The machine wiring diagram also identifies the timer contacts so one can check for the energized state at the components for the timer wash function. Hope this helps.
 
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Old 05-28-17, 05:00 PM
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Most washers require the water level switch to change state (drain to less than 50 percent) before the timer progresses to the spin cycle
Never heard of that before.

Each space on the timer dial is 3 minutes. The drain cycle is allotted 3 minutes so that whether it was fully filled or partially filled it's given the same drain time. At the end of that 3 minutes the machine is shut down for a second or two. This changes the transmission from drain to spin.

However.... his machine is not even getting to drain.
 
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