I need to get the agitator out of this machine to get to some fabric that is stuck between the tub and the agitator. I have unscrewed the top and soaked the shaft/center with PB blaster overnight. I even poured hot water over agitator, all to no avail. I can literally lift the whole machine off the ground washer, dryer and all. I heve whacked it with a hammer to get it unstuck. I am an engineer and an automotive tech so this is not rocket science to me. Is there a special tool like a puller for this job or do i have to take this machine out in the drive way and hook it up to some rope and a 2X4 or something. The stud with the threads for the cap comes out of a bolt that is surrounded by a metal ring - preventing one from putting any kind of socket on it since it is basically flush! Your expert help will be greatly appreciated and may I say Uplate looks pretty cute!
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Unplug the Amana washing machine from the wall outlet, and open the lid. Pull the liquid fabric softener dispenser straight off of the top of the agitator. Some Maytag washers require the use of a flat head screwdriver inserted between the dispenser and the top of the agitator. Twist the handle of the screwdriver to pop the dispenser off of the agitator.
Remove the barrier cap inside the agitator using your hands. Pull the barrier cap straight out of the agitator. There is an O-ring that attaches to the outside of the barrier cap. If it did not come out with the cap, pull the O-ring out of the center of the agitator.
Remove the bolt securing the agitator to the drive bell with the socket wrench. The bolt is inside the center of the agitator.
Place your fingers in between the bottom of the agitator and the tub. Lift straight up to remove the agitator from the tub. Keep your head out of the way in case the agitator is stuck and unexpectedly releases. If necessary, use agitator hooks. Insert them under the agitator and push down on the hooks to release the agitator.
This is a simple procedure. Just follow these steps:
1. Remove the center post cap or fabric softener dispenser (if equipped) from the agitator by gently prying it off.
2. Under the center post cap locate the air gap plastic cap (if equipped) and remove.
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 upper portion of the agitator (called the "auger") by lifting straght up.
5. Remove the lower portion of the agititator by grasping the lower flanges near the bottom of the wash tub and pulling straight up.
This will expose the transmission shaft and anything that may be lodged under the agitator.
Reassemble in the reverse order of the instructions I provided. NOTE: Make sure you only tighten the agitator bolt until it is snug. Do not overtighten as this can break the agitator or restrict its movement.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
Remove the center cap, or fabric softener dispenser (if installed) from the agitator center post. There should be another cap (used as an air gap) under the center post cap. Remove the cap and locate the agitator bolt. Using a socket and ratchet, hold the agitator still with one hand and loosen with other. The upper portion (called the auger) should lift off, first. Then, grasp the agitator by the flanges at the bottom of the wash tub and lift straight up. This will reveal the gearcase (transmission) shaft.
Now...is the entire agitator slipping? Or, is it just the auger? If the auger is slipping, you may just need to replace the agitator dogs. The following link explains: