How to: Fix a Kenmore Elite HE Washer error code E6

November 11th, 2013 3 comments
Kenmore Elite Washer

Kenmore Elite Washer

I bought a Kenmore high efficiency Elite washer from a Craigslister with an E6 error. According to the user manual that I downloaded off the internet, code E6 is a clutch error indicative of a mechanical failure that requires a service call. The symptoms of the E6 error was a light ticking sound much like that of a slipping gear. When you turn on the washer and select a wash cycle, the machine will run through a quick diagnostic of the components. The ticking sound will ensue during the spin test and the error will comes on shortly thereafter to halt all operation.

In my case, the error was caused by a mechanical misalignment of the clutch gearing requiring no new parts. If you run across the same problem, I hope this post will help you resurrect your $800 washer to functional status. If you are feeling adventurous, read on…

As a caveat, this tutorial is not sanctioned by anyone or anything. The dramatization depicted in the following illustrated narrative can cause serious hazard to your health, and possible death. Reader’s discretion is advised. Now, on with the happy stuff…

Before tinkering with the washer, make sure it is unplugged from any electrical source. Secondly, turn off and disconnect all attached hoses (have a mop and bucket handy). To get to the clutch assembly, lay down a blanket or mat that will keep the machine from being scuffed. Tape the top loading hatch shut. Remove all plastic hose clamps from the back side, remove the drain hose, and lay the washer on its back. The drain hose connection will jot out a bit, so wedge the protruding part with a 2×4 piece of wood to keep it from damage.


With the washer’s butt exposed, take a crescent wrench to break free the common nut in a counter-clockwise direction that holds the rotor plate to the stator assembly. With the nut and washer removed, firmly grasp the rotor plate and gently pull down and away from the stator assembly (This is a giant magnetized plate; be gentle). With the rotor plate removed, the white plastic clutch assembly in the center is exposed. All I had to do to repair the clutch was unscrew the three 8mm hex bolts and re-seat the gearing so that the cogs in the gears are properly mated. I had the help of a buddy to turn the tub on the top end of the washer while I tinkered under the washer’s skirt, which really helped out the process.


That is it for the moment. I hope this post helps those struggling with temperamental Kenmore Elite Washers around the house. All the best!

I’ve attached a copy of the user manual I found from the internet here for your reference and convenience.

How to: replace a water pump and thermostat on a 98 Nissan Frontier.

February 2nd, 2013 1 comment
Water pumps

Water pumps

In this episode, we will illustrate how to go about disassembling and reassembling the water pump and thermostat housing on a 1998 Nissan Frontier. As a caveat, place emphasis on understanding the order of operation and not the actual photographs themselves. I had to use my phone camera to take most of these pictures and some were taken in reverse order during the assembly process, hence the pictures are rather crappy and the actual parts may look out of order.

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Remove air-filter housing.

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Loosen and swivel out of the way the metal clip.

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Loosen second clip and remove air-intake hose with slight pushing and twisting.

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Power steering belt exposed.

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Loosen Power Steering belt by adjusting the idler pulley (The rusty looking part on the right-hand-side).

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Remove power-steering belt and locate structural plate.

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Unbolt structural plate.

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Remove plate.

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Power-steering assembly

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Unbolt two bolts attached to the power-steering assembly facing the front of the vehicle.

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Unbolt two bolts attached towards the top side of the power-steering assembly as shown.

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You should have removed four bolts attached to the power-steering assembly thus far.

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Swivel the hinge away from the top of the power-steering assembly.

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Get under vehicle and identify swivel bolt securing the alternator.

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Loosen (do not remove) alternator swing bolt to allow swivel motion.

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Move power-steering assembly out of the way without disconnecting attached hydraulic lines.

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Adjust tension bolts attached to alternator to relieve tension to alternator belt for removal.

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Water pump and thermostat housing.

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Thermostat housing exposed after removing three bolts.

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Water pump exposed after removing fan axle.

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Close-up of water pump and screws attaching fan.

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Water pump removed. Slight tapping was needed to dismount the pump after the bolts were removed.

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Run a small bead of Water pump RTV silicone to secure everything in place. Read this article backwards to reassemble the truck.

How to: Create greenbar spreadsheets

January 28th, 2013 No comments

green_bar_paperCall me old school, but when I look at spreadsheets, I tend to favor the line contrast provided by the classic greenbar look from the days of the dot-matrix printer. In this how-to tutorial, we will go over how we can recreate this look with modern spreadsheet software without going about it line-by-line.

To begin, open a spreadsheet software like Excel or Libreoffice and follow the instructions noted in the caption.


Go straight to the picture portion for the tutorial aspect of this how-to. The writing that immediately follows is meant to explain the inner-workings of the MOD() function and the row() function that makes the highlight every-other-line in a spreadsheet trick work. MOD() function is a mathematical modulus function that will return a value of either 0 or 1.  The row() and column() function will return the current row number or column number, depending on which one is called. The combination of these two functions MOD(row(),2), will take the current row number, divide it by 2, and yield either a value of 0 or 1, which will trigger the conditional formating to select one or the other.

Because Microsoft products are supported by Visual Basic, whereas Libreoffice is of C++, Java, and Python lineage, there may be variations in the programming syntax. I hope this program toggling trick is useful for your highlight-every-other-line on a spreadsheet exercise.

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Select all of the cells by clicking on the cell on the most upper-left hand corner of the table.

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All cells in table selected.

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Go to Format->Conditional Formatting

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Enter into the input box the following formula: MOD(row();2). Try entering MOD(row(),2) for Microsoft Excel.

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Change the background of the selected range if the mod(row();2) condition is met.

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Voila! Greenbar galore.


How to: Replace the battery on a Palm Vx

September 25th, 2012 1 comment

IMG_2389.JPGWell, it’s been nearly one year since the last posting. In order to keep this website updated, current, and competitive against the other DIY websites providing esoteric and useless information, the time has come once more to hit the writing board.
Once upon a time, at the turn of the second millennium, anyone who’s anyone in the business world carried with them a contraption called a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). For the hoity-toity Executive, probability was high that they carried a Palm Vx – the flagship of the Palm PDA line-up. As is the nature of portable technology, its battery has a limited lifespan. In this posting, we will cover how one could go about replacing the battery of a Palm Vx in order to resurrect it of all its glory.

The following tools are highly recommended in the dis-assembly of the Palm Vx: A pair of heat-resistant gloves to protect the hands while handling the PDA ($3); A heat gun ($12); A new lithium-ion battery for the PDA ($6); Four clamps ($1); A lot of time on your hands (Priceless).

IMG_2393.JPGFirstly, use the heat gun and heat the outside perimeter of the PDA from the back side (the side without the LCD screen). Excessive direct heat could damage the plastic and LCD screen. Make sure you do not cook the front-face of the PDA.





IMG_2394.JPGThe Palm Vx is held together with a bead of hot-melt adhesive along the outside edge of its form factor. When heat is applied, the adhesive will become viscous and workable; it is when it is in this gluey state that you would insert a sharp, flat metal object to pry the two halves of the magnesium casing apart.





IMG_2395.JPGA Close-up shot of the hot-melt adhesive location.






IMG_2397.JPGRemove the harness attached to the receiving port on the board and gingerly pull out the battery.






IMG_2399.JPGReplace the old battery with the new, and throw a tad bit of tack/two-sided tape on the battery to keep it from flopping around.







Place the back cover back onto the device and clamp down with beefy paper clips; but pad with a gasket to keep the metal surface from scratching against one another. I applied more heat upon replacement to reactivate the head-sensitive glue.







Voila! An ancient Palm Vx brought back to life.