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Appliance repair > Washers > Whirlpool Washer > Checking/Replacing motor drive coupling
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Checking/Replacing Motor Drive Coupling
Whirlpool® washing machines (direct drive)

Checking/Replacing Motor Drive Coupling
Instructions Illustrations
Disconnect power to the washer (or unplug it). Turn off both hot and cold water lines at the wall shut off valve.
These three parts connect the drive motor and gearcase together. If for any reason the gearcase should lock up, this coupling will break before the drive motor is damaged. All three parts come together as a coupling kit.
Removing the coupling

Unplug washer or disconnect power.

2. Use the Removing washer cabinet article to help you get to the coupling.

3. Remove the pump.

4. Remove the drive motor.

Note: The two plastic motor couplings (one on the drive motor and one on the gearcase) are pressed on at the factory.

5. The motor coupling will have to be removed by prying or breaking them off.

Installing the coupling

1. Push one of the new plastic motor couplings on the shaft of the drive motor.

2. Push the other new plastic motor coupling on the shaft of the gearcase.

3. Place the new rubber isolation coupling on the drive motor coupling by lining up the holes in the isolation with the studs in the coupling, and the push on.

4. Turn the isolation and coupling on the drive motor lining up the holes with the studs on the other coupling on the gearcase.

5. Re-install the drive motor.

6. Re-install the pump.

7. Use the Re-installing the cabinet article to help you put the washer back together.

8. Plug in washer or reconnect power.

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