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Replacing the Motor Coupler in a Whirlpool or Kenmore Direct Drive Washer

Replacing the motor coupler is the most common repair task on this washer. The coupler is used instead of a belt to connect the motor to the transmission and, just like a belt, eventually wears out and needs to be replaced. This article shows you how to do that.

Ok, first thing you gotta do is remove the cabinet from your washer. Piece of pie, da?

With the machine stripped naked like a bad tie in a butcher shop, we focus our keen Vulcan squinties on the pump, down in front, and remove the two clips holding it on to the motor.

Then pull off the pump, unclip the wiring harness from the motor and the two wires from the capacitor and then remove the motor. The motor, btw, is double-shafted (for those of you in Rio Linde, "double-shafted" means it has two shafts). The coupler is the three-part piece you see between the motor and the transmission (the other side of the motor). Here's what the individual pieces look like new.

Ok, that's about all the rocket science involved with this little gig. All that's left for you to do is order the coupler.

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