06:02AM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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My top load washer won't spin. It does pump water out. We tried tightening the nut that clamps the tub to the shaft. It helped for a very short bit, but stopped spinning again. When it is off, the tub can be moved by hand. I was told that it shouldn't move.


11:28AM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** Whirlpool [top load] washer **

Whirlpool has produced several different washer designs over the years. We would need its exact model number in order to find out which design you're dealing with.

You can find tips for locating the model number identification tag on your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my web site linked below.

** won't spin **

Will it still agitate?

** We tried tightening the nut that clamps the tub to the shaft. **

Was it loose? Was the tub moving freely on the shaft?

** It helped for a very short bit, but stopped spinning again. **

What's the condition of the nut now??

If the tub is not firmly connected to the transmission shaft, it obviously won't be able to spin. If the nut was loose previously, the 'tabs' on the tub which lock into the drive hub (which the nut tightens onto) may have worn or sheared off and allowing the tub to slip.

While in operation such a condition would usually be very noisy. Is it??

Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



12:51PM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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You will need a new spin tube top the nut screws on to.If you had the spanner wrench you could tighten it as it is.

Best to take it to a parts house,they will match it up.

These are put on with the spanner wrench and a bit of pounding with a hammer.

If you use a screwdriver and hammer to tighten it you run the risk of damaging the spin tube;then it will no longer spin.

Good luck


01:09PM | 01/23/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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Ok so 2 parts houses don't have spanner wrench. Suggestions?


01:13PM | 01/23/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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yes it does still agitate

the nut did seem tight at first - but we made it tighter

when it started spinning again it still seemed tight

I am thinking the 2 little tabs on the shaft should be catching on something, but I can't see what it should be or figure out if something is missing. The tabs on the shaft are kind of bent to the inside, could that be the problem? Should they stand up rather than bend inward?

It's not real noisy but does begin to smell hot when it tries to spin


06:50AM | 01/26/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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You can use a pipe wrench and hammer.


12:54PM | 02/15/07
Member Since: 02/10/07
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Place the side of claw hammer in one of

the notches. Tap on top of the hammer.

I heve always been able to get them loose that way.


04:25PM | 02/28/07
Member Since: 02/27/07
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The washer won't spin because the top of the basket drive block has been broken and there is nothing to engage the two tabs on the top of the shaft. You will need to remove the nut and the spin basket to get to the drive block (the threaded thing that the spanner nut screws on to). An intact drive block has a narrow top with two notches that engage the shaft. The worn one probably just has a large wallowed out hole. This part costs $10-15.
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