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How to Repair Whirlpool Washer Parts - Coupler

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How to Repair Whirlpool Washer Parts - Coupler

The Whirlpool washer coupler takes the place of the belt that is used on the older style
washers. If your washer does not agitate or spin, there is a good chance the coupler is
broke. The best way to change the coupler is to remove the cabinet. This is easier then it
sounds. The first thing you need to do (after disconnecting the power) is to loosen the control
panel. There are four different designs. The most common control panel is held in
place to the cabinet with two screws at the base of the panel, on the right and left edge. The
next common style is there are two screws on the backside of the panel on the right and left
side. The third design is there are trim pieces attached to the control panel on each end. These
trim pieces will pop off with a simple tug at the top After you remove the trim, you will find two
screws in the front corners. The newest design is that there are spring style clip under the end
caps of the control panel. You can release these clips with a butter knife or scrapper. You need to
push the tool under the end caps and raise the control panel.

Tools you will need are: 1/4" or 5/16" socket or nut driver, standard screw driver,
small hammer, 1/2" socket with extension, pliers.

After you have loosened the panel, all you do is lift it upward and let it rest over the back panel of
the washer. Now we need to disconnect the lid switch harness and remove the cabinet from the
frame. To do this, you need to locate a spring clip on the outer edge of the top of the
cabinet. You can release these clips by using a screw driver or sharp tool. Once you get the clips
released, grab the cabinet and pull it toward you. The cabinet should hinge at the
bottom front. Now you can pull the cabinet away from the frame and set it off to the side.
 Now you will need to release the clips that hold the pump to the motor. Take the clips
completely off the motor. Next you need to take the screws out of the clips that hold the motor to
the transmission and remove the clips using a standard screw driver. After these clips are
removed, the motor should just fall toward the floor. Next you will need to unplug the motor wire
harness from the motor and set the motor off to the side. At this point, you should be able to see
all three parts to the coupler. Remove all three parts from the transmission and motor with a
standard screw driver and inspect them for any cracks or broken parts. If the coupler is not
broke in any way, there will probably be a problem with the transmission.

Now you are ready to install the new coupler. First put one piece (white plastic piece) on the
transmission shaft. This is where you need the 1/2" socket and extension. Line up the coupler to
the shaft of the transmission and tap it on the rest of the way with the 1/2" socket. You will not
need to use much force. Repeat this process when putting the coupler on the motor. The
third part of the coupler actually connects the motor and transmission together. You need to line
up the post on the coupler with the holes in the rubber piece. Once this is done, put the clips back
on the motor and reinsert the screws. Now you can plug the harness to the motor and
reinstall the clips that hold the pump to the motor.

You are almost there. The cabinet is next to be put back on the frame. Push the front on the
cabinet under the front edge of the frame and then let the cabinet fall towars the back panel. The
side panels of the cabinet should rest on the frame tightly. If the side are bowing out, one side at a
time you need to push the rear edge of the panel inward and lock on the frame. Reinstall the
spring clips at the top and plug in the lid switch. Roll the control panel back over the cabinet and
reinstall the screws or clips.

After the control panel is locked down, plug the washer back in and try the spin cycle. After you
are sure the spin cycle is working, try the wash cycle and be sure it is ok. Now you are ready to do
the wash and be proud of what you have done in repairing your washer.

Good luck in your repair experience!!




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DOCUMENT INFO
Description: Whirlpool washers are well-known for their reliability and efficiency. Over time though, most washers can have some problems that are caused by normal wear and tear; sometimes they can stop working altogether.