I have a Whirlpool model# LSR8233EQ0 washing machine. Not sure which one of the components in the question title are causing the issue. I've found that it could be any of them.
The machine recently stopped spinning in any cycle. I've had this issue before so I knew it was the motor coupling. I thought, or the guy at the parts store said, that was generally caused by overloading it. Upon taking the load out that it broke on it surely seemed possible.
When I went to remount the motor I noticed it was difficult to spin the shaft with my hands to align it with the water pump. I actually needed to use my pliers. It seemed strange but couldn't remember if that was the case the last time I had to replace one.
Note: The motor shaft spun easily, by hand, prior to being attached to the gearbox. I'm not sure if after connecting the motor to the gearbox it's normal for it to give some resistance.
After the job was done I started the machine up and it seemed to be sluggish starting up. It didn't make any obvious noises and seemed to come up to normal speed in a short amount of time.
I began to test it out with the lid open with me activating the lid switch with a screw driver. The problem is when I release the lid switch the motor continues around a seemingly small angle then abruptly stops. This, I know, is not normal. The inside basket should continue to spin freely. I suppose this is where the question get hazy. I've read that it could be a seized bearing between the inner and outer baskets.
I've looked elsewhere on the internet and came with some similar issues dealing with spinning but none exactly like this. Most led to advice dealing with the motor and gearbox and one concerning the baskets but recommended to call a technician for these issues. I have a feeling the cost to repair it would be more than it's worth.
So my question is - Can this problem be deduced to the gearbox based on the information I've given? How much does a rebuilt gearbox typically cost. Is the gearbox easily replaced (mounting/unmounting)? Can an issue with the motor be 100% ruled out?
Side notes: I haven't tested the agitation cycle because if it's not the motor I'd prefer not burning it out figuring out there's nothing wrong with it and would like to keep my brand new motor coupling in tact.
Any advice or links to info would be great!