Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

My old Kenmore portable washer does not spin in the wash cycle. If I keep the safety switch locked down, when it comes to time of spinning, and I start to spin the tub by hand it starts to work. After a couple of washes it will do it automatically, but only with the switch held down.

What is wrong? It can not be switch and the belt is not broken. I need to know if I should just buy another portable washer. Thank you.


By Bronxboy from Mesa, AZ

March 15, 20110 found this helpful
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If the safety pin is working, and it sounds like it is, you probably need a new belt for the drum. The fact that the tub spins once you start it means the belt is still there, but may not be tight enough to generate the friction necessary to start the spinning process.

Take the back off the washer, and you should see the belt at the bottom of the tub. You can probably even get the Kenmore manual from their website if you need more help.

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March 12, 20110 found this helpful

In my machine, there is a plastic pin under the machine lid that forces the switch down in the spin cycle when the lid is closed. That pin has probably broken. You can get the replacement part online, probably. When it happened to me the machine was still under warranty so I was able to have it fixed for free.

The pic is of the lid, about to be closed, with the pin directly over the switch hole.

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April 3, 20130 found this helpful

I got the same problem yesterday night. My washing mashine didn't spin the water. In the morning I opened the small door on the front of the mashine, in the right down corner. It was not easy, but finally opened. After I twisted the cap and pull out a very, very stinking and disgusting black thing. Bleah!

At first I thought I finished, but after I checked inside with a flashlight, and saw, there is some more of this disgusting black stuff. I pushed inside a fork and got it out. In the same time ALL THE WATER came out to the floor. So I think the water couldnt leave, because the filter was totally full.

Now I am testing it and hope it was the only problem. I hope I could help you guys! Have a nice day!

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I have an 8 year old Kenmore washing machine. It will not spin after a wash cycle, on it's own. Every now and then it will. However, if I turn it to the spin cycle, it will spin out just fine. I have replaced the transmission and that wasn't the problem. Now what?

By Annette from Mesa, AZ


Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

Did you replace the belts? They stretch out. (12/18/2010)

By TandT Grandma

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December 16, 2010 Flag
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Most washing machines built in the last 15 years are direct drive, so they do not have belts. When it stops spinning it usually is the coupler between the motor and the water pump!


People can order parts at Sears Direct.Com they will need to know the make and model, usually located inside the lid on a riveted tag. It saves a lot of money. I only paid $15.00, an hour, and a little patience.

Source: My own information. I use to be a service technician for a gas company, and figured out a lot.

By Everett from Hornell, NY


Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

This is true. My husband just replaced the coupling on our washer. The replacement part is stronger and a better quality than the original. He bought the coupling for $7 on eBay. Sears wanted $20. (12/20/2009)

By goldberie

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December 17, 2009 Flag
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My Maytag washing machine, model#sav405daww, doesn't spin on any wash cycle. The pulley on the motor turns and the belt is intact. All of the other cycles work including agitate.

SKWolf from Imperial


Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

Try putting something heavy (e.g. a large, full bottle/box of laundry detergent) on top of the machine (if its a top loader). I had the same problem with a top loader that has a latch. You can't open the lid, until a minute after the agitation stops, its a safety feature. Somehow I discovered that if something heavy was on the lid, right above the latch, it worked. Good Luck. (01/03/2009)


Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

Hi, My mother's washer had that problem and it was a clog in the drain hose. There wasn't anyplace for the water to go, so it wouldn't spin the water out. We got rid of the clog and it works great. Loretta (01/05/2009)

By Loretta B.

Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

Mine acted that way once long ago and it was as simple as a kink in the hose that wasn't noticeable until it tried to drain the water and spin! It cost a service trip to find that out. Good Luck! (01/06/2009)

By cedartree

Washing Machine Not Spinning During Wash Cycle

Mine throws out the water, goes through all the cycles just won't spin. Sounds like if it's spinning but it's not. (02/20/2009)

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