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Washer agitates as soon as it is turned on

My Mother-in-law has a Whirlpool washer that has started to agitate as soon as it is turned on. It doesn't matter which water level setting or cycle it is set on. All other fuctions work as designed.

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Re: Washer agitates as soon as it is turned on

Boats, sounds like the pressure switch is not operating right, anyway, start there, look at the picture, its the round one on the left with the hose going to it. It has 3 wires going to it, purple (line going in) pink (to water inlet) and tan to motor. Should have 120V to purple and pink, no voltage to purple and tan while filling. Once filled 120V to purple and tan but no voltage to purple and pink. You can also ohm it out by pushing in on the clip and twisting it off. Should show no continuity from the two outer terminals. Blow into the switch and it should show continuity. I think the switch is sending voltage to the motor. Anyway, check that out first and post back. Catriver

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If the splines are OK, I'd carefully put the lower agitator back on. Check the condition of the rubber washer on the stud. Install the stud and do not over-tighten.

Put the top agitator on tighten the 1/2" bolt carefully. Don't over-tighten.

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