My Kenmore 110 series washing machine will not agitate in the regular and slow speed modes. It operates normally in the HEAVY DUTY (fast) mode.
When operated in any mode other than HEAVY DUTY, the water fills normally then, when it is suposed to start agitating, the motor just makes a clicking sound and there is no moement.
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It's the transmission that's bad. The motor turns one direction to spin and the opposite direction to agitate. The transmission converts the constant belt speed from the motor into the back and forth motion. In the other direction, the transmission stops and the whole system spins.
(I don't suspect you have it set to "delicates")
Usually, there are two agitator modes. A Normal ("Fast") mode, and a delicates ("Slow") mode. Put washer in 'delicates' cycle and see if the agitator slows down even further. If it stays at same speed as in perma press or 'normal' mode, then there is an open in the circuit betwixt the controller dial and the agitator control.
Your transmission is not engaging thats why the speed changes your making will sometimes get it to work.Honestly any machine after the 10 year age mark is not worth the cost of replacing the transmission.