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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Possible bearing failure but if only a year old, it should be under warranty. Check around the spin bowl for any foreign objects sticking through the tub. Perhaps a bra wire or nail , screw etc or something has come out and stuck in the tub.
There should be a felt type seal on the drum in that opening to prevent this. It could be that it fell off or wore out. It is a hassle to put on unless you have good access but not difficult with a bit of patience.
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: