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Re: Whirlpool Ultimate Care Washing Machine Agitator
After removing the agitator from the machine (7/16 bolt) i place the agitator on the floor, step on either side of it and pull up on the top half, ittl come loose, needs a little help! a word of advice though is after replacing the agitator dogs, turn the entire agitator upside down and insert the bolt through the entire agitator assy and keep constatn pressure on the bolt as you turn it boack over and try to realign with thte tranny shat. ( you see the parts wanna seperate as you try to reinstall them otherwise)
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Pull out the softener cup. Remove the water seal by pulling on the two wings. Remove the retaining bolt with an 11mm socket and a couple extentions. Pull the entire agitator out of the machine. With a sharp pointed tool cut the four melted portions of the white plastic **** even with the top of the clear plastic ratchet assembly by inserting your tool thru one of the three holes in the side of the top agitator. Pull the top agitator from the bottom agitator.
The following advice is for replacing the “Agitator Dogs” on Kenmore and Whirlpool TOP LOADER style washing machines.This simple repair can save you a fortune in repair costs as the replacement parts are very inexpensive at a cost of less than $10.The replacement kit part number is 80040.You can order on line at various appliance parts websites, or use this part number and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. What are “Agitator Dogs”?These are small plastic pieces (usually 4) that are located under the agitator center cap that grip the agitator and turn it during the wash cycle.They can (and do) wear out dependent upon the use of the washer.If you are in the habit of doing large load sizes frequently, or wash large items such blankets or afghans, this can wear the teeth off and reduce the life of the agitator dogs. SYMPTOMS REQURING REPLACEMENT:The agitator fails to turn during the wash cycle, or will not turn with a heavy load.The timer will run normally through all cycles, and you will be able to hear the gearcase (transmission) engage and run.The washer will also drain normally.The only indication that something is wrong will be the agitator slipping or not turning at all.The result will be clothes that do not wash properly and will sit on the bottom of the wash tub. To replace the Agitator Dogs, follow these steps:
Remove the agitator center cap by either pulling straight up or gently placing a flat blade screwdriver into a slot located in the cap.
If the agitator is equipped with an inner cap with a handle, remove this as well by pulling straight up.
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.
Remove the agitator by grasping the bottom flange and carefully pulling straight up.Try to keep all the parts assembled while doing this, so do not pull too hard.This will make this repair much easier.
Place your hand over the top of the agitator and separate the upper portion of the agitator from the lower portion and turn the top half over in your hand.The agitator dog assembly will come out in your hand.
With the agitator dog assembly in your hand, lay the rest of the agitator aside.Pay careful attention to how the dogs are installed.Remove the worn dogs and reinstall new ones.It’s that simple.
With all the dogs replaced and the assembly still in your hand, place the upper part of the agitator over the top of it, upside down, ensuring the inner assembly tabs align correctly.
Now keep your hand over the agitator top to hold all the pieces together and turn the entire assembly over (upright position).
Carefully align and reinsert the upper portion of the agitator to the lower portion.Again, making sure the two pieces align correctly.
Place the entire agitator assembly back on the gearcase shaft and reinstall center nut.NOTE: DO NOT over tighten the nut, or the agitator will not spin correctly.Just make the nut snug.Reinstall center cap and inner cap (if equipped).
These instructions should give you the basics on how to perform this repair.Since there are various agitator types in use by Whirlpool and Kenmore, assembly can vary.If you get confused and require further assistance, please refer to my profile at http://www.fixya.com/users/jsrock516 and use the “Ask Me” feature.For excellent diagrams to assist in reassembly you can also refer to the searspartsdirect.com website.Just type in your COMPLETE washer model number and look under the Agitator Parts heading.I hope this information is found to be helpful.
The plastic dogs are stripped inside the center of the agitator. To remove agitator pop off the top center cover(slot for screwdriver) There is a 7/16 inch bolt with standard thread, remove it and pull out agitator. Pull the agitator apart, you can stand on the bottom half and pull on the top, you have to reassemble it with the new dogs replaced(there are four in a package) Fairly simple, no special tools needed, good luck.
When you look down into the agitator, are there 4 white plastic points that look slightly melted or otherwise deformed? If so, using a small flat head screw and a small hammer, separate the white plastic from the surrounding translucent plastic. Once you've done that, it should easily pull apart.
There are small but strong plastic tabs that hold the 2 pieces of the dual action agitator together. Look into the center from the top with a light you will see them. If you got the agitator out. 1 bolt 7/16 socket holds it in and down, seperating the 2 pieces to get to the dogs should be easy.
Not sure if you mean the agitator is stuck to the shaft or the agitator will not separate now that you have it out of the machine, if the agitator is stuck, you may be able to get it loose by rocking it back and forth while pulling up on the base or bottom of the agitator. If you have the agitator out already, then stand on the base and pull up sharply on the top section and it will separate.