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Broken Washing Machine Agitator

Hello,

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.

Benni.

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    Benni Buxton Sep 12, 2008

    Smack dead on target! Sorry the make and model wasn't added to the post; I was asked for the info after writing the post and added the info there. But as luck would have it, you already had it figured out.



    Following your instructions, I was able to remove the agitator and found that you were exactly right about the dogs. You even had the replacement part number correct!



    You are a much-appreciated lifesaver, as this machine gets little rest. Thanks so much for your help, and I'll be sure to pass the site along to others who are having problems. Have a wonderful day!



    Benni.

  • ted hall Nov 29, 2008

    I have the exact same situation it is a Whirlpool Ultimate Care heavy dutysuper capcity plus. We plan on moving in a few months so would like to repair it if possible.

  • davenport_jo Jan 12, 2009

    i have a whirlpool heavy duty top loader I dont know how to get the agitator off to fix the problem but I believe the solution above will fix it if you can tell me how to get it off .
    thanks,
    can you believe i am married to a maintenance man

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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 bolt head connecting the agitator is broken off. How do I get the bolt out so I can replace the dogs

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I have a Kenmore washing machine, model no 110-92586400. The
agitator dogs are worn, they are flush to the center column. How do I remove and replace them?

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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3 Remove the access panel located in the back of the washing machine by unscrewing the screws holding it in place. This allows access to the drive motor.

4 Press on the drive belt that works the agitator. If the belt moves more than 3/4 inch, tighten the belt to fix the spinner problem. If the belt is worn or cracked, replace the belt.

5 Replace the drive motor, if tightening or replacing the drive belt doesn't fix the agitator. Purchase a new drive motor at a wholesale retailer. Disconnect wiring, remove screws holding motor in place and insert new motor. Screw into place, and connect wiring.

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TOOLS NEEDE TO SOLVE PROBLEM ARE BELOW.

Bucket and rags,Screwdriver,
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1 Unplug the washing machine, and turn off the water supply to the machine. If necessary, remove the water hoses from the back of the washing machine because they may be in the way of the access panel.

2 Check that the agitator is seated correctly by opening the lid of the washing machine. If it's loose, pop off the top of the agitator--if there is one--and tighten the bolt that holds the agitator in place. Or, in some models, simply pull straight up and then reset the agitator.

3 Remove the access panel located in the back of the washing machine by unscrewing the screws holding it in place. This allows access to the drive motor.

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TOOLS NEEDE TO SOLVE PROBLEM ARE BELOW.

Bucket and rags,Screwdriver,New drive belt (if necessary),New drive motor (if necessary)

1 Unplug the washing machine, and turn off the water supply to the machine. If necessary, remove the water hoses from the back of the washing machine because they may be in the way of the access panel.

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Bucket and rags,Screwdriver,
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