Hey. I have a top-loading washing machine. I put a comforter that was too big in there, and now the agitator moves only slightly back and forth--not the full swing. And when it drains, it make a high pitched humming sound. My husband is in Iraq, so no man-help here! Is there a cheap solution??? Tiffany
If it is a Whirlpool or Kenmore make washer you probably stripped the "dog ears" in the agitator. They give you the duel agitation that makes your clothes cycle from top to bottom of the machine. Should only rin you around $8.00 or so. Hope that helps.
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Pull the agitator off and check the plastic drive hub at the top of the agitator shaft. It should not be split, or have it's internal splines sheared off. If this all looks ok, then likely transmission problems or a slipping drive belt (motor to transmission). Good luck!
Hi,does the top part of the agitator move freely when you move it by hand?Or does it catch,if it does not catch the the cogs other wise known as dog ears are worn out.Do not believe the little cogs that catch inside the top part of the agitator can be replaced.You may have to replace the whole agitator unit on some models they are around 40.00.
Unplug machine, remove water pump and motor, behind the motor is a coupler, take broken parts to your local appliance parts store. Costs 16 bucks, replace the broken parts with new ones, reassemble machine. Never ever do a blanket/comforter in your machine again!!
This washer has a set of cheap plastic dogs that grab the inside wall of the upper agitator to move the clothes downward and help them get a better cleaning. The older style 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. The newer style you simply pop the cover of the agitator and use a 3/4 drive extention to unscrew the upper agitator. replace the dogs and put the top back on. Nothing could be easier.
It sounds like your agitator dogs are worn and need replacing. Yes...there is such a thing. They are small teflon (I believe) plastic pieces that help the agitator grip properly. There are 4 of them under your agitiator cap and costs about $6.00 for a package of them. It only takes minutes to replace. If you can give me your EXACT model number, I can determine a part number for you, and give you advice on how to change out the dogs. Post back with your comments and let me know.
The "tower" that you are referring to I assume is the agitator. If your agitator isn't moving, the agitator dogs (or teeth you mentioned) are the general suspect. They are made of plastic and typically wear out. The heavier the use, the quicker they wear out. If the teeth on the inside wall of the agitator are still in good shape, the dogs can be replaced without replacing the entire agitator and can be purchased at most appliance parts stores for less than $10. I hope this helps.