I'm having a problem with my washing machine agitator. It's a "2 parter", with a bottom agitator that works fine, but the corkscrew shaft and top just hangs loose. It turns freely by hand, and acts like it's become disconnected from the base agitator or something.
It also has an automatic fabric softener dispenser in the top that somehow still recognizes the right cycle to release the fabric softener. After researching your site, I'm thinking I have a broken bolt where the upper and lower agitators should be connected; however, I can't see any way of getting the agitator top off to check it out. Otherwise, the machine works fine for an oldie but goodie.
Forgive me if I sound ditzy, but the husband won't touch it and I've never attempted anything quite like this before. Thanks for any help you can give me on this.
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Re: Broken Washing Machine Agitator
Probably just what is known as agitator dogs just worn ..with no brand or model i assume it's a whirpool or kenmore ..1st remove softner dispenser (without brand can't say how it would come off ..some twist off some just pull off ) if agitator has cap underneath pull it off in center of agitator should be a bolt 7/16 if kenmore/whirlpool..remove it pull up on top half ..whole thing may come out if so just pull up sharply on top part..center part of top half comes out dogs are on it( 4 )again i'm assuming kenmore/whirlpool whirpool part # 80040 replace them and reassemble ..if any other brand will probably have to replace entire agitator..good luck
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the agitator has to be pulled out manually the whole pc comes out from the bottom, place a rope or strong string under it and pull up hard. then u can remove the 7/16 nut and take off the agitator coupler or bell housing. , hope this helps
Open the lid during the wash cycle and observe the agitation, you need to see exactly whats happening, If its corkscrewing instead of agitating it will wind the clothes as you described. Agitation is usually back and forth, or up and down etc, not just turning constantly in the same direction.
The Whirlpool Ultimate Care II washing machine is atop-loading clothes washer. The washer has several cycles to choose from,including cycles for washing normal clothes, permanent press items, delicateand items marked "Hand Wash." To do its job, thewashing machine relies on an agitator, located in the center of the wash tub.The agitator rotates during the wash cycle, moving the clothes around the washtub so that they are cleaned equally. If the agitator is broken, it will notsufficiently agitate the clothes and must be replaced.
·1 Unplug the washing machine from the wall outlet or turn off the power supplyin your service panel.
· 2 Open thewashing machine lid and remove any clothes remaining inside.
· 3 Remove thefabric softener cup by squeezing the bottom lip of the cup and lifting itstraight off.
· 4 Pry theagitator cap off of the top of the agitator with a flat-head screwdriver.
· 5 Remove thebolt at the bottom of the agitator, using the socket wrench with extension, andthen remove the agitator from the washing machine. Tip the agitator to removethe bolt and washer.
· 6 Install thenew agitator onto the drive shaft.
· 7 Secure thenew agitator with the bolt that you originally removed.
· 8 Press theagitator cap and fabric softener cup back into position on top of the newagitator.
· 9 Restore powerto the washing machine to complete the repair.
When the agitator on your GE washing machine does not work correctly, the most likely cause is a worn drive bell. The drive bell sits on the agitator shaft inside the agitator. The shaft and the inside of the bell lock together using splines. When the splines inside the drive bell wear out, the agitator will not rotate correctly. To repair the agitator on the GE top loading washing machine, you will need to remove the agitator and the drive bell.
1. Unplug the GE washer from the wall outlet. Open the washer lid to access the agitator. 2. Grab the bottom of the agitator with both hands and pull the agitator out of the washing machine. If the agitator will not budge, rent agitator hooks to pry the agitator out. Agitator hooks are available at appliance repair stores. Set the agitator hooks under the agitator and push down on the handle to pull the agitator off the shaft. 3. Pry off the plug on the top of the drive bell on the agitator shaft with a small flathead screwdriver. Use a socket wrench to remove the hex head bolt at the top of the drive bell. Carefully pull the drive bell up off of the agitator shaft. This may take some force depending on how stripped the inside of the drive bell has become. 4. Inspect the inside of the drive bell. There are splines inside the drive bell that line up with the splines on the shaft. Most often the splines inside the drive bell have worn, causing the shaft to spin but not the drive bell. Also inspect the notch on the outside of the drive bell and the notch inside the bottom of the agitator. If either of these are worn, replace the drive bell and the agitator. 5. Take the drive bell to an appliance repair shop to purchase a new part. If you need to replace the agitator, take the old one with you as well. Compare the new parts to the old ones, making sure they are identical. 6. Position the new drive bell over the agitator shaft, lining up the splines on the shaft with the splines on the inside of the drive bell. Set the securing bolt back into the top of the drive bell and tighten the bolt down until it pushes the drive bell down until the bell bottoms out. Push the new plug on the top of the agitator bell with the palm off your hand until the plug locks into place. 7. Place the agitator over the drive bell and slowly rotate the agitator until the notch inside the agitator lines up with the notch on the outside of the drive bell. Tap the top of the agitator down with the palm of your hand until the notch on the agitator locks down over the notch on the drive bell. The agitator will not bottom out flush with the tub. 8. Close the washer lid and plug the washer power cord back into the wall socket.
The defective agitator is the cause of the drum not spinning. So get the agitator fixed and it should solve the spinning problem.
if the tub will not agitate i would first take out the agitator, (there may be a bolt in the top holding it onto the transmission shaft), and check the top of the agitator to see if the splines are stripped. try to run the machine without the agitator on the shaft and see if it will agitate. if it is a case of the machine not spinning out the water after the wash cycle, you may have a burnt wire from the control magnet assy. at the bottom of the gearcase. there are 2 bars and 2 solenoids with 2 wires going to each one, these wires can break or burn off and the machine will not go into a spin mode. hope this helps.
try to pull off the agitator by placing your fingers under the bottom edge on 2 sides of the agitator...you might have to wiggle it back and forth while pulling up with a little bit of force....if it comes off, check to make sure that the rubber sleeve on top of the steel shaft is still there....if it's not...then it came off with the agitator....the rubber sleeves are permanantly pressed or glued to the steel shaft where the agitator is placed....as the steel shaft spins, the agitator spins with it and thats where it will slip because the rubber sleeve becomes disengaged from the shaft....if the sleeve is still on the shaft...then you need to replace the motor and accompaning parts because the problem would be internal in the gearing drive system.
All functions operate normally except the machine will not agitate.
The agitator is driven
by a couple of different methods. The first is the agitator is splined
and slips onto the matching splines of the agitator shaft from the
transmission. The second is the use of a bell coupling which is splined
to the agitator shaft as well and the agitator snaps onto the coupling.
If the agitator does not agitate, first remove the agitator and watch
the agitator shaft to see if it is working properly. This wil require a
small load setting of water and the machine set to run. If the agitator
shaft is working properly, it is either the splines on the agitator or
the bell coupling that is defective. If the agitator shaft does not
work properly, the problem is in the transmission.
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