Whirlpool stylemaster 4217141 REV A Agitator/spin cycle broken
I read your answer concerning the agitator dogs for this machine and it sounds like the problem I am also having.
It fills with water but, the agitator will not move and the spin cycle simply makes a grinding noice like gears slipping.
I suspect that it has plastic gears that have simply been worn out.
I am going to try to fix this myself but, I have never worked on a wahser before so, any advice would be greatly appreaciated.
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Using a multi meter check for continuity the door switch, which when bad may not allow agitation or spin. The lid switch assembly can fail either mechanically or electrically.
Check the clutch, brake assembly and transmission, one way to check for slipping is to get under the machine after a spin cycle ( this is if u get a lil spin but not much leaving clothes still wet) mix in a spray bottle a lil water and some dish detergent, then spray it on the clutch assembly ( the metal round pc. Connected to the tranny) if it sizzles and steams up then u know its bad and slipping. Another way to check clutch if u get no spin at all? Is to take it out and use ur hand to try and turn the inner spring assembly pushing it around the inside? If its very easy, it BAD should be hard to push by hand.
Next check the motor coupler which engages the tub and tranny to the motor. ( if its bad u usually get no wash or spin or very little of either)
Next check for a loose, worn or broken belt if belt driven.
On some front load models u may need to check the STATOR assembly.
The stator is essentially one half of a motor, it interacts with the tub by creating a strong electro-magnet. If the stator burns out the washer won't spin or agitate. Check the stator for continuity. This part is often misdiagnosed.
open the lid and get a model #, sound like all you need is agit dogs # 80040. then remove top of the agitator, could be a softener dispenser. under that you will find a plastic cap, pull up with needle nose pliers. under that you will find a 7/16 or 1/2 bolt, remove the bolt and the agitator can be lifted off. the agitator can now be split into to pieces, turn the top half over and the assy with the agit dgs will fall out. simply replace and reassemble and DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN BOLT. just snug it up. should be fine.
Either the transmission is bad, or more likely the agitator dogs are broken. If you pull the top pieces from the agitator you can see the agitator dogs and tell if they are intact or broken. If they are good, the transmission might be bad. The only other thing will depend on if the machine goes through the wash cycle to the rinse and spin without ever agitating, or if you have to manually move it. If you have to manually move it, your timer is probably bad.
if the agitator barely moves, sounds as if yo have a bad set of agitator dogs, part number 80040. if you removeth agitaotr,(7/16 screw) down the center ofthe shaft. yo can removeth efabric softener dispensor by hitting with the palm of hand. after removing the agitator, it can be split in half to reveal hte "agitator dogs" easy repair problalbby about $20 and 30 min tops
Your model number will be located somewhere around your tub opening under the lid. The parts you are looking for are called "agitator dogs" (yes, there is such a thing). There are four of them located under the agitator cap that help grip the agitator shaft when turning. This causes the agitator to crank in one direction during the wash cycle. The part number for the entire repair kit is 2744 and costs $16.80. This includes all the washers and bushings as well as the dogs. If you just want to purchase the dogs, the part number is 3109 and costs $5.20. For a little more, the entire kit would be a better recommendation. You can get everything you need at repairclinic.com. If you cannot locate your model number, type in the brand name of your washer (i.e., Whirlpool Stylemaster Washer) in the "Search" window and you will find what you need. These parts are the same identical parts that your major appliance service companies use, but cost much less (I should know, I used to work for one of them). Let me know if you decide to repair on your own and I can give you follow-up advice on how to take the agitator apart and replace the parts you need.
Your Agiator "Dogs" maybe stripped these hold the agiator in the wash cycle place you han on top of the agit. and try to turn it clockwise then go back counter colkwise is it feel like it is grabbing or just free spinning??
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.
There are gears inside the agitator that are very cheap and relatively easy to change they are called agitator dogs.
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