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Washing machine won't agitate.

Maytag toploader won't agitate. i can't figure out what makes it agitate ? the belt is loose and smokes and builds heat when running. it spins ok and dumps water ok even though that belt is in poor shape. what makes the agitator go side to side? is it the water from the pump? is it possible with loose belt the pumps not creating enough pressure to move the agitator? i am a guru myself, but not on washing machines.

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Depending on type of washer, typical top load Maytag, motor turns in opposite direction for wash and spin. Your problem will no doubt be the transmission.

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