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Agitator on my washing machine is not rotating the way it should. It seems something is not catching and the piece is only rotating part of the time.....please help. ps How do I remove the agitator to see what is going on? I have a top loader kenmore unit about 3 years old (not sur of model)

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My agitator works fine but the part that hold the softner and does the swishing come off

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Remove the cap off the top of the agitator. Then remove the 7/16 bolt below. Your problem is inside the top part of the agitator. YOu need to buy an agitator dog kit. When the part is removed you will see how to put it in.

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The agitator is only working in one direction so the washing is getting tangled


The top portion of the wash tub agitator is designed to rotate in the clockwise direction. It should be intermittent. Turn stop turn stop ....in its normal operation.

There is a set of plastic cams that allow for this function. Below the top agitator the lower agitator goes back and forth. With a short load the water just reaches the upper agitator. Try short load. Other possibility the tub is under filled try increasing the water level.


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The agitator on my Whirlpool (8280869) is rubbing/grinding. It seems the ratchet system is not catching on the center post when the agitator starts to spin. Can this be fixed?


On whirlpool/kenmore direct drive machines, the part you are referring to is the 'agitator dogs.' They are paisley shaped plastic pieces with teeth on the outer edge... Usually a 7/16 nut or a square plastic drive(1 inch socket adapter fits it perfectly) holds down the top half of the agitator. The pivot end of the 'dogs' must be inserted into their slot and should all face the same direction...

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I have a Maytag Model A412, series 11 washing machine. After the machine fills with water the machine appears to start its cleaning cycle but the agitator doesn't work. The water starts & the...


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Washer is not rotating fully during wash cycle


This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Some Kenmore washers have a two piece agitator. The lower section will rotate back and forth both ways.

The top section has "agitate Dogs" that allow it to rotate only one way (to keep the clothes moving downward.

If yours has a two piece agitator there shouldn't be a problem.


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387091 is the part called agitator clutch or dogs,they are little yellow pieces of plastic with teeth on the ends to grip the agitator and turn in it the teeth are worn off of yours..

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The agitator will not turn


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