Am replacing part WH38X10002 and cannot get the agitator removed. The instructions that came with the part said to remove softner disp. place rope or old washer belt thru agitator vanes and over 2x4 board and pull up sharply on the 2x4. Tried it it did not work. Any other suggestions
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Re: Removal of agitator
I gotta congratulate you for taking on the toughest job on your washer. The transmission replacement is daunting if you've never done one before.
OK... about your question.
Here's a place with detailed instructions (and pictures) on how to do the 2X4 trick. If after doing that you still can't get it, then try tapping (actually a little more than just "tapping") the agitator with a rubber mallet. This will (hopefully) loosen any rust on the splined shaft allowing the 2X4 to do its' job.
As a last resort, you can get yourself an "Agi-Tamer". It's a tool that we in the appliance repair biz use for just this problem. It's a snazzy little gizmo that fits between the bottom of the agitator and the tub. It has a water hose connected to it... you then take that hose and put it on the cold water valve behind the washer. Then you slowly open the valve filling the Agi-Tamer with water. As it fills, it expands and forces the agitator to lift with it. You have to be careful, though. I've seen agitators fly off the shaft like a cork from a champagne bottle! So if you go this route, put your 2X4 over the agitator as the Agi-Tamer fills to keep it from flying, OK?
(*NOTE* ---> the link to the Agi-Tamer above shows one designed to use air pressure, not water (like the one I use). I've never used one with air, but it appears that it'll hook up to a bicycle tire pump or one of those inflatable swimming pool toy electric pumps. Just a word of caution here... knowing what I do about Hydraulics and Pneumatics, the pneumatic model WILL MOST DEFINITELY BLOW THE AGITATOR OFF THE SHAFT!!! So, take care if you use that model, OK?
Now where to get one. This is a specialty tool sold to appliance repair guys (and girls... although I've never HEARD of an appliance repair girl). You may try calling a local appliance parts retailer and see if they have one in stock or look around on the web. They run about $50, so it's kinda pricey to buy it only to be using it once... why not call an appliance repair company and explain what you're trying to do. Ask them if any of their technicians carry an Agi-Tamer on board their sevice vans. Then maybe work out a deal to rent it or borrow it. Or you may simply schedule one of their technicians to come over and remove the agitator FOR you. <--- That's probably the way to go, btw. Using an Agi-Tamer is kinda dangerous and a reputable company might not want to take on the liability of you using one of theirs just in case you poke your eye out or something.
So there ya go, KR! I hope this solution was satisfactory for you and that it helps you get that pesky agitator off. If it did, please remember to rate me as "it solved my problem", deal?
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remove the fabric softner assemble.if ther is a plastic cover remove it remove 1/2 bolt and reach down under agitator up. put agitator on the floor.put a foot on both side's of the bottom of the agitator.place a hand on both side's of top part of agitator and pull up.turn top agitator upside down and the dog's should come out along with the holder.replace the dog's.to put holder and dog's back in top agitatoruse your 1/2 socket and exstention.place the 1/2 bolt in socket and place holder and dog's on bolt.turn top agitator upside down and feed holder and dog's up in top agitator.holding socket and exstention in top agitator,rotate top agitator down holding dog's and holder in with socket and exstention.place top agitator over bottom agitator and line up the two aliment ear's on bottom agitator and use exstention to push top agitator down on bottom agitator.place agitator back on transmition shaft and replace 1/2 bolt.replace plastic cover and fabric softner assembly.
the way to do this depends on if it is a dual action or triple action agitatior. dual action - Remove fabric softner dispenser -pull off plastic cap with flat blade screwdriver - bolt is under plastic cap 7/16" triple action (bounces up and down) remove fabric softenr and plastic cap with a 1/2" drive socket extention, put into square hole and unscrew spring assembly. once unscrewed top portion of agitator will come off
1. Remove the center dispenser from the top of the agitator. It should just pop off.
2. Locate the white plastic cap underneath and pull straight up to remove.
3. Locate the agitator bolt underneath and remove using a socket and ratchet (can't remember the size). Hold the agitator still with one hand in order to loosen the bolt.
4. With the bolt removed, grasp the agitator by the bottom flanges and pull straight up. It should lift off the center post.
NOTE: Sometimes these agitators will stick due to years of detergent accumulation. You may have to wobble it back and forth to get it loose.
If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
remove cap,,or fabric softner dispencer..pull straight up..look down in the agitator you will see a plastic cover,,pull it straight up...now your looking at the agitator dog cam assmbly..thats a 1/2 in nut there,,remove it you will need a nut driver or wrectet...now just pull the hold agitator up...be careful not to lose the agatitor dogs..onthejob
pull off fabric softner dispenser ..some twist off others pull blue ring up and then dispenser up..under neath remove the cover by prying cap or pulling up on tabs..remove 7/16 bolt or on some use 1/2 in drive extension to twist out retaning bolt pull top off and replaced the agitator dogs underneath ..part#80040
Yes it does, I believe the dispenser will twist an 1/8 turn and pop off. There is a cap with a handle below it that pulls out. The last part is a bolt. Try a 7/16 deep well socket with a nine inch extension, grasp the agitator and loosen it. Leave bolt intact and lift agitator from the bottom. Looking from the date if you have solved the issue this will stand as a general post for ag removal.
On a MAV6000, you should be able to pop off the fabric softner cap, remove the fabric softner cup underneath, and finally remove the bolt underneath to lift up the agitator. (rocking the cap back and forth is usually the best method)
Fabric softners are designed to be thich and tacky so they adhere to clothing. Unfortuneately, that also means they are going to do it even worse in an agitator expecially as there is no water to dilute it. When I clean my fabric softner cup, I generally just throw it in the dishwasher and let it run since there are many areas of it that cannot be disassembled. Please make sure to run it in a cycle all by itself without any dishes. Now as to the removal. There are two main types of dispensers whirlpool has used. The first will have a greenish blue ring around it. Simply lift up on the ring and it will pull off easily. Now the second style is a bit more chalenging. While the cap up top will come off just by rocking it back and forth. Once this is off you will find a cup underneath that sits on 4 "pins" To get the bottom peice off, place one hand on the top part of your agitator and use one hand to twist the base of the fabric softner in a counter-clockwise direction. It will allow it to come off. Once you it off, you will be able to see down inside your agitator. There will be more build up underneath. I would recommend wiping this part out making sure to clean the drain holes that go out to the side. If you attempt to remove the clear cap underneath, it is very difficult to get the seal on it to seat back in properly. To help prevent against future build ups, pre-diluting your fabric softner with water ahead of time will slow the build up.