My husband replaced the agitator dogs in our machine, but it seems to spin in one direction. Is this normal? Also the whole agitator piece spins including the center where you place softener it is all spinning in the same direction.
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Re: agitator spins in one direction
The purpose of the upper portion of the agitator is to push the clothes in a downward motion. As the agitator moves the dogs grab and on the backward srtroke the top portion rotates a quarter turn. In the spin mose the agitator only goes in one direction or your clothes would be torn to shreads.As the washer rotates back and forth, the dogs grab the inner walls of
the upper agitator and that forces the clothes into a downward movement
to the bottom of the tub. These dogs will wear out. To test whether or
not these are bad just grab the agitator while in wash mode. The dogs
should advance the top portion easily. If not then they are worn out.
To replace them you must remove the agitator and sit it on the floor.
Hold the base down with your feet and yank the top upwards. After
seperating the 2 pieces you simply install the new dogs and line up the
bottom with the top being careful not to break the little tabs on the
bottom agitator that hold the top in place.
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In the agitator itself and there are ratchets that are called dogs. If you reach into the drum it will present itself because you be able to turn the agitator both directions, normally the agitator only turns freely in one direction. You can replace the dogs/ratchet by disassembling. If you take rinse dispenser off of the agitator you will see an insulator that you pull off and then you can see the dogs and a bolt that will allow you to take the agitator out.
pull cap off top of agitator remove round cover underneath remove bolt in middle holding agitator down pull agitator up and out pull top portion off by holding bottom half down and pulling top part straight up in center of top part are what are known as agitator dogs either black or tan replace them they are probably worn whirpool part #80040
it sounds like the dogs are worn. try twisting the agitator post by hand,it should move freely in one direction then lock up going the other.its a pretty easy fix if they are.pry off the top of the agitator post off then remove the cap inside,there is a bolt that holds the post down.i'm pretty sure it's 7/16 in. once the bolt is loose,lift the whole agitator out of machine and with your hand inside post turn it upside downand let the dog holder slide out.watch how the dogs fit into the holder, replace with new dogs and reverse the removal process.
if the machine wont spin, check the lid switch. thats usually the cause of a no spin situation.other than that a wet vac is your best bet.hope that helps.