I have a Kenmore washing machine model 110.29802890 that will not spin or agitate. It fills and drains,but on spin or wash cycle barrel does not move, and makes a kind of grinding noise. Please help.

  • Sounds like either the agitator motor or transmission is kaput. Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 16:41
  • Kaput, wordnik.com/words/kaput OR Kaput, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaput
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 21:21
  • Did you ever find out what was wrong with this washing machine? This sounds like a bad clutch on the transmission shaft or a bad transmission. Grinding wouldn't be the motor since it is turning to create the noise. Also, the drain pump works too since it is attached to the motor.
    – Terrance
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 5:02

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If it won't agitate or spin and you couldn't hear a grinding noise i'd say check for faulty lid switch first.but as you can hear a grinding noise the motor is turning but the motor coupling that joins the motor to the transmission sounds broken and needs replacing.very rarely does a transmission wear out or stop working so always check other parts first.good luck with the repair PS if the transmission is spinning but won't agitate or spin then the motor coupler is working and the drive block and bell could be worn out.

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