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Agitator wont work

My washer starts and fills then when it comes time to agitate it doesnt move.  After this it drains and spins until the end of the cycle.  What can I do?

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  • candideplr Nov 25, 2008

    The motor is running and then drains and spins.. It just doesnt agitate therefore leaving the clothes dirty

  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2009

    model VBXR1070W washer will not agitate but it fills spns and drains

  • Carl Schulzetenberg
    Carl Schulzetenberg May 11, 2010

    After it fills, does it make noise (motor running) and then after normal wash time, drains and spins?

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OK. First, pull the agitator straight up and out of the washer. Sometimes you have to use a belt or similar item slipped under the agitator and attached to a broom handle to pull on. Second, remove the bolt holding the up side down looking plastic can shaped agitator drive and pull it off. Again, sometimes this does not come off easily, but in this case you would have to break the plastic to remove it. Third, try to turn the metal splined shaft with your fingers. If it turns, that's bad, meaning you need a whole new transmission. (a rather difficult and expensive repair if the machine is out of warranty) but if it does not turn by hand (most likely) all you have to do is replace the agitator drive part (WH49X10042) which is cheap and easy to install.

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Then, you finished with the washer filling, no agitate or spin, but now doesn't drain.

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The symptoms you describe are usually associated with the following:

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