Whirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine Stops At Start Of Spin – Lid Lock Light Flashing

My Whirlpool Cabrio washing machine stops at the beginning of any mode of spin cycle. The washer starts to spin for about 2 to 5 seconds but then shuts off and the lid lock light will start flashing. I have tried running the Whirlpool washing machine in test mode to find the problem. During test mode the washer works thru the fill cycle and stops at the spin cycle. The lid locks but the shifter moves to the spin position. Once the washing machine gets to the spin cycle, it shuts down and the lid light will flash. I have found that the only way to unlock the lid and also stop the lid lock light from continuing to flash is to remove power to the washing machine for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Can you tell me what may be causing the NO SPIN and LID LOCK LIGHT FLASHING issue on my Whirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine and what parts I may need to replace?

Whirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine Stops At Start Of Spin - Lid Lock Light FlashingWhirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine Stops At Start Of Spin
Lid Lock Light Flashing

The 2 parts that can cause the Washer Not Spinning and Lid Lock Light Flashing on your Whirlpool Washer are:
– Check both of these parts visually and with a meter if needed.
– Also check and reset all electrical wiring connections under the washer and behind the control panel.
– You may just have a simple loose wire connection and reconnecting the wire or wire harnesses will fix the issue.

If your Whirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine is not spinning and the lid lock light flashes or always begins flashing, you may need to replace the Actuator (Shifter) as it may be faulty by not communicating with the main board by not detecting tub movement during the spin portion. NOTE: The optical sensor will not sense the rotation if something is in the way. (The videos below will show where this is part is located in the washer and how to remove and replace)

Whirlpool Washing Machine Actuator ShifterWhirlpool Washer Actuator/Shifter

You may also have an issue with the lid lock assembly. If the lid lock is defective it may not “Lock” the washer door and therefore will flash and not spin. The lid lock assembly switch may be electrically faulty or just simply loose. (The videos below will show where this is part is located in the washer and how to remove and replace)

Whirlpool Washer Lid Lock AssemblyWhirlpool Washer Lid Lock Assembly

How to Replace the ACTUATOR/SHIFTER in a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer.

Whirlpool Top Load Washer Replace Shift Actuator

How to Replace the LID LOCK ASSEMBLY on a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer.
Whirlpool Top-Load Washer Lid Lock Replacement
Whirlpool Washer Lid Lock Assembly Replacement


Whirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine PartsWhirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine Parts
Replacement Parts if you find a part to be faulty – DIY FIX

Below is an excerpt from a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer service manual…

– If the lid lock light is on, and the washer will not run, start, or spin…
Go into diagnostics and retrieve the codes, and clear them. This is very important since most complaints start with the lid lock on and blinking, or the unit will not start and spin.

When in diagnostics the codes are F7 E1, F7 E5, or motor speed codes, then chances are it is a motor, capacitor, or shifter related issue. Once the codes are cleared, put the washer into a manual diagnostic test and run the HEAVY AGITATION…
If after 15-20 Seconds the motor runs then you can rule out the motor, capacitor, control, and most likely the wiring harness connections (although still check the BK wire from the shifter to the control).
Remember, the timing wheel only turns in the transmission during the spin cycle.

Next, while in Manual diagnostics, try to get the unit to spin; if the motor hums for a split second and then shuts down with the lid lock blinking; go back into diagnostic codes and look for shifter or speed sensor errors. This is proof that the shifter/sensor assembly is the issue because the optical sensor is not reading the motor speed.

Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washer (VMW)
Tech Sheet, Diagnostic Mode, Fault Codes, and Mode Shifter

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9 thoughts on “Whirlpool Cabrio Washing Machine Stops At Start Of Spin – Lid Lock Light Flashing”

  1. I have a 2017 Whirlpool Cabrio top load washer that works till the spin cycle. It pumps all the water out but does not spin leaving the clothes dripping wet. When it starts to drain the lid unlocks but still drains. It then flashes LF. I have unplugged and let it sit a minute to a hour and still the same. I can put it on just rinse and spin and it spins the clothes fine. I can not get it to go into the diagnostic mode. There is no daily and push button.

  2. Cabrio washer doing common starts then stops while it says sensing then lid locks it starts to spin then lid led flashes and it stops! Have done all manual and auto diagnostics and it all tests fine?

  3. Cindy Eggleston

    The lid lock on my Whirlpool Cabrio top loading washer stopped working, it just blinks and the washer won’t spin the water out. So far we’ve replaced the Lid Lock Assembly and the lid lock and it’s done nothing. Not sure what the next step should be. I was leary about buying one of these water saver washing machines with all of the electronics on it when we bought it several years ago, now I wish we would have just bought a regular one!

  4. lindsay holloway

    My 2014 washer once it gets to the spin cycle the lid unlocks and the washer never continues. I have to pause the cycle then start it again then it will do straight to done. It drains but cloths are still heavy and soaked. I checked the hose for a clog and there wasn’t one. How do I know if it is the lid lock or shifter?

  5. Amber Caldwell

    When I use my cabrio washer it runs all the way till it gets to the last spin cycle, (@11mins) then it flashes uL and stops and all lights around dial flash on and off. It will not finish the cycle and leaves my clothes soaked. Please help?!

  6. Just want to say thank you for your post on problems and how to correct them with my cabrio washing machine. $26 part on Amazon saved me having to buy my wife a new washing machine and your instructions were so straight to the point. The actuating sensor must have taken 10 mins tops to replace. Thank you.

  7. My Whirlpool Cabrio is a 2009 model.
    Wont spin out in last cycle.
    Did diagnostics, tried removing the hub….that baby is stuck tight.
    We can’t even pry it out of there.
    Took cap off, removed the hex nut with the ratchet…stuck bad…now what?

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