Get Answers to your Appliance Repair Questions

Washer Parts  ·   Dryer Parts  ·   Refrigerator Parts  ·   Dishwasher Parts  ·   Range/Cooktop/Oven Parts  ·   All Appliance Parts 

Author Topic: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin  (Read 15825 times)

Offline Karl42

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Sep 2009
  • Posts: 3
Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« on: September 07, 2009, 12:35:04 PM »

Hi,

I have a Frigidaire top-load washer FWX6971EW2, and (1) clothes come out wet, (2) it smells like burned rubber. I opened it up and replaced the belt - the old one was badly worn. The machine is level - it should be OK and spin ! It agitates fine, but when it reaches the spin cycle, only the motor spins - the belt doesn't budge.
What do I look at next ?

Thanks,
  - Karl

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8827
  • Country: us
  • Caregiver, DIYer
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 07:02:37 PM »
Their are 2 springs a short fat one and a long skinny one on the idler.
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair

Offline Karl42

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Sep 2009
  • Posts: 3
Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009, 10:37:25 PM »
The idler seems fine as far as I can tell - the belt is under tension.
Maybe I have not understood the principle - it seems that the motor turning one way should agitate the agitator, and turning the other way should spin - is this correct ?
The pulley seems to only be turnable one way, agitating the agitator, even if I stop in the "spin" cycle, put slack in the belt and try to turn the pulley by hand...

Offline BrntToast

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2007
  • Posts: 388
  • Mayday Appliance Service
    • frigidaire service blog
Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2009, 09:12:26 PM »
if you can not turn the trans pulley both ways by hand...
1) transmission is defective or siezed in the tub bearing
2) you have a foreign object(screw etc) in one of the holes of the tub stopping the tub from spinning
Mayday Appliance Service
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada


The only stupid question is the one not asked

Offline Karl42

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Sep 2009
  • Posts: 3
Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2009, 11:55:53 PM »
Thanks ! That was really helpful. I hadn't thought about turning the tub. The tub did turn, which rules out objects in the drain-holes of the tub, at least a little. I sprayed liquid wrench at the gap between the bottom transmission housing and the bearing. The pulley now can be turned by hand in "spin"-direction - with some grinding sound.
A new transmission assembly costs almost as much as a new washer, after the PG&E discount...

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8827
  • Country: us
  • Caregiver, DIYer
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009, 10:16:53 AM »
BT is that grinding going to be tranny or a bearing?
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair

Offline BrntToast

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2007
  • Posts: 388
  • Mayday Appliance Service
    • frigidaire service blog
Re: Frigidaire Top-Load washer agitates, drains, but doesn't spin
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2009, 09:53:19 PM »
could be either one, and if the bearing is that bad, the shaft on the trans will be scored and ruin a new bearing anyways
Mayday Appliance Service
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada


The only stupid question is the one not asked