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My Kenmore Elite washer model# 11024942300 will fill but not spin nor agitate. It started making a clicking noise 24hrs ago. and will not do anything except fill, drain and make a clicking sound when it should be washing/spinning. Can someone please advise?

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Sounds like the coupling between the motor and the transmissionis broken or stripped.

Posted on Dec 03, 2010

  • servel333 Dec 27, 2010

    It turned out to be the lid closed sensor on mine. As a temporary solution I had to unsure the left bracket that holds the lid on and pin it down with something.

    The washer would fill and then stop and do nothing. Something inside (I have not yet fully investigated) had worn to the point that when the lid was closed it was not quite hitting the button or whatever is inside.

  • Alf Hopkins
    Alf Hopkins Dec 27, 2010

    Should not be the cause of a clicking sound but by what your saying the lid switch activator may be bent or the switch be bad. If bent then you can maybe ( after securing to lid again) bend the extension of the lid axle that activates the lid switch slightly toward the lid switch while holding the lid up. The easiest way to see this is remove the case. You can do it 'blind" if you are familiar with the mechanism.

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Kenmore elite mod# 11024942300 unit # 0009538 machine will fill w/water drain and spin. Makes noise when washing cycle the thing in the middle will not rotate/move like it should. makes noise like ball...


This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:

http://beta.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getModel!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=110.24942300&pathTaken=partSearch&prst=0&shdMod=110.24942300

and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

This problem points to a couple of places:


First, I'd pull the agitators and check for worn or damaged splines inside the agitator or on the agitator shaft. Also check that the Agitator Dogs aren't worn / damaged.

Following is a description of how to take the agitators out.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

If the agitator and shaft are OK, the problem may be in the transmission.

See the following Whirlpool / Kenmore installation and service manual for top load, direct drive washers.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

I'd also look at the troubleshooting section of the manual.


Starting at page 10, you'll see a description of how the transmission changes from agitate to spin mode.

The key (and likely problem) is the "agitator spring".

The spring holds the agitate gear down so that the two sets of splines on the agitate gear are connected and the agitate rack can turn the agitators.

See the following Whirlpool parts list for a blow-up of the transmission and how the various gears and springs connect.

http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/assets/pdfs/literature/Repair%20Part%20List%20-%20W10114743.pdf

See the following for how to remove the transmission and clutch.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

Tearing apart the transmission is a bit messy but if the problem is the spring or agitate cams, it's a lot less expensive to fix than a $170 transmission.

Remove the clutch (the spring holding the clutch to the spin pinion is a bear to replace.

Remove the 8 transmission screws carefully, the transmission is full (15 oz.) of 80-90 weight oil.

Remove the transmission cover and drain the oil.

Pull off the spin pinion.

Carefully remove the clip that holds the main Spin Gear on and remove it.

Push down on the agitate spring and remove the spring clip. Note where is attaches to the main shaft.

Check the spring, Agitate Cams and the cams in the Neutral Drain Assembly.

Re-assembly is obviously the reverse of taking it apart.

In answer to your other questions:

If you're reasonably comfortable with tools you can fix it yourself.

When we had a problem with ours, we ended up spending less than $30 replacing the agitate cams, neutral drain assembly and oil instead of $170 for a transmission. It was worth fixing.

As an aside, tearing the washer apart will give you the opportunity to completely clean it.

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it sounds like a bad lid switch if it will not drain or spin,the switch controls that-mike

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so it dosent make any noise?your lid switch will stop it from draining and spinning but it will agaite on most kenmore waskers.if i came to repair that would be my starting point

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Welcome,

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