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Old 10-10-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Burning Smell from Washer


I just replaced the motor coupler on a Kenmore washer. A very straight forward repair. When I ran a test cycle I noticed a burning smell coming from my washer. The test cycled through wash, agitate, rinse and spin. I opened the washer, checked the replacement part which was still seated properly with no sign of fire/burning.

The washer motor was hot (but not burning hot) to touch after the test cycle.

My question is:

Would it be likely that the burning smell is coming from dust on the motor coils? I did vacuum out all the lint that I could see before placing the new part.

The smell seems a little like plastic or rubber burning.

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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Bad transmission, or the coupler is slipping. How torn up was the prev. coupler that you pulled off, and how old is the unit?

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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The rubber part of the original coupler left some rubber particles behind which I tried to brush and vacuum out of the part where it is seats. The plastic part of the coupler (attached to the motor shaft) was broken in two pieces. The other plastic part of the coupler was intact.

I'm tempted to run the cycle again (while on fire watch) as see what happens.
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That is typical, when something heavy was thrown in, and caused the transmission to slip. The smell you are noticing, is most likely the transmission, not something else. Was there a spot on the floor that looked like dried oil, when you moved it, or on the transmission?
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Common prob when coulper not oem or installed incorrectly. ends have to be flush with corresponding shafts. if the motor side was pounded on= can also damage bearings. if everything looks ok and mtr not shutting down on heat-the smell will go away after the C' wears in..
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