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On a Maytag the agitator either has a bolt under the center cap, or a set screw along the side about 3/4 of the way down. Maytag Alantis and Performa models have a removable agitator cap with a bolt underneath, while the Dependable Care series have a set screw. In either case, you loosen the nut or screw, and the entire assembly will lift straight up. Sometimes they stick and require a little effort to remove. I hope this helps you.

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My washer is making a squeaking sound (like a belt rubbing, possibly?) when agitating. What's the most probable cause?


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In order to properly wash clothes and prepare them for drying, a washer must agitate or spin the load. This helps wring excess water out of the clothing. If your washer has suddenly stopped spinning properly, you will notice that your clothes will be sopping wet when the washer is done. Typically, there is a simple reason for this problem that you can fix without calling in a professiona

1 Check the lid switch. You will notice on the lip of the lid there is a small stem that hangs down. This fits into a hole on the top of the washer housing and tells the washer the lid is closed and it is safe to spin the load. If the switch is faulty or has been blocked, the washer will not agitate or spin.

2 Clean out the switch receptacle. Use a multipurpose cleaner and a sponge (not a paper towel, it can shred and get caught in the switch receptacle.) Thoroughly clean the area around the switch and the receptacle.

3 Test the washer. Close the lid, allow the washer to fill with an inch of water, and move the selector to the spin cycle. Pull out on the selector. If it does not spin, stop the cycle (push the selector in) and turn the washing machine off. This means there could be three problems with the washer: the switch might be broken, something might be caught in the agitator, or the motor for the agitator may be burned out.

4 Check underneath the agitator. Small items such as underwear, panty hose or bra straps can become caught underneath the agitator and keep it from moving. Run your hand underneath this area and see if you feel anything. If you do, unwrap the item and test the washer again. If it still does not work, move to Step 5.

5 Contact a repair person. If the washer still will not agitate or spin, it will need to either have the switch replaced or the motor replaced. Contact a certified appliance repair person to have the machine inspected. If it is still under warranty, the repair person's visit should be covered.

However if its only the agitator arm, then

Instructions to Remove/replace the Agitator

1 Unplug the washer.

2 Slide a putty knife under each side of the washing machine top to release the springs holding the top in place. Lift up the top on its hinges.

3 Pull the tub clips from the inner tub using a pair of pliers.

4 Pull up on the agitator top to expose the nut holding it in place. Remove the nut using a socket wrench. Lift up on the agitator to remove it from the machine.

5 Turn the agitator upside down and remove the seals from the bottom. Replace them with a new set of seals. If the agitator is cracked, replace it.

6 Reassemble the washer.

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7 Unplug the washer from the wall outlet.

8 Pull out on the bottom panel on the front of the machine. Look underneath to locate the drive belt.

9 Pull on the drive belt at the washer tub to remove it. Push down on the idler pulley near the motor to remove the belt from the machine. Route the new belt around the pulleys in the same way as before.

10 Reassemble the machine, plug it in and test.

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To remove that agitator look at the bottom paddles on it...one of them will have a small round hole on that side where the hole is about 3 iches up is a place where a screw is,it's a 1/4" hexhead screw remove that screw and the agiatator will pull off

If you dont see that hole(its small) it will still come off the same way just look on a 4 sides about 3" up and that screw will be there


GENE

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I have whirlpool model LSR7233EQO and one belt of cotton stuck under the propeller


If you are referring to something being caught under the agitator, you can remove the agitator easily, by following these steps:

1. Remove the agitator center cap by either pulling straight up or gently placing a flat blade screwdriver into a slot located in the cap.

2. If the agitator is equipped with an inner cap with a handle, remove this as well by pulling straight up.

3. Remove the center bolt of the agitator. You will have either a 7/16” hex bolt or a recessed square plastic nut. If you have the square recessed type, use a 3/8” to ½” ratchet adapter to remove.

4. Remove the agitator by grasping the bottom flange and carefully pulling straight up.

With the agitator removed, you can easily retrieve anything caught underneath. When reinstalling the agitator DO NOT overtigthen the center post nut. Tighten until snug.

If this is not what you are referring to, please post back and let me know, so I can provide you with better assistance. I hope this is helpful to you.

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To remove the agitator on most Maytag models, you remove the center post cap or softener dispenser on the agitator and locate the agitator bolt underneath. Remove the bolt and pull the entire agitator straight up. If this does not match your washer configuration, please post back with a model number so that I may be able to provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

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Usually nothing will get trapped beneath the agitator. The posibility that something has gotten caught btw the tub and spin basket is higher. Please feel free to subscribe and I'll help you further.

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