How To Install A Washer Motor Drive Coupler

The following instructions apply to the replacement of the coupler, motor, and pump on top load direct drive washers made by Whirlpool. Whirlpool makes top loading washers for several brand, including, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Roper, Maytag, Kirkland, as well as some other brands. If the motor is mounted in the front of the transmission held in place by two clips, your washer was made by Whirlpool and the following instructions apply.

Before you begin, verify that the washer is unplugged from the electrical supply.

1. To access the internal components of the machine, remove the screws at the base of the console.
2. Grab the console by the base and pull it forward a quarter of an inch and flip it up.
3. Unplug the lid switch from the body of the machine.
4. The body of the machine is held in place by two clips. Use a flathead screwdriver and stick it into the lip of the clip and pry it back.
5. Remove the body from the machine by lifting the lid and grabbing the front with your hand. Rock it back toward you, brace it with your knee and lift it back.
6. Next you will need to remove the pump. Locate the two clips that attach the pump to the motor. With a flathead screwdriver, gently pry each clip away from the pump. Turn the clip 90 degrees to remove it from the slot in the motor.
7. Next use a pair of pliers to remove the spring clamps securing the hoses to the pump.

Photo of washer motor coupler

8. To remove the motor, first remove the electrical connection.
9. Then use a ¼ inch nut driver to remove the screws that hold the clips to the motor.
10. Now use a flathead screwdriver to pry the metal clips away from the motor.
11. Whenever the motor is replaced, a new coupler should be installed. Appliance Parts Experts recommends using the heavy-duty commercial coupler part number 285852A.
12. The old coupler can be split by using a large screwdriver and a hammer.
13. Use a large socket to tap the replacement coupler on the transmission and motor shafts. Some technicians apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or grease on the shaft to ensure that the new coupler is not damaged during installation.