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Agitator now moving VERY slow one way, making loud grinding noise

Agitator started making a load grinding noise. Drain tub via spin. Could manually move agitator one direction. Tried again and made same noise. After playing around with it a while, and tried the cycle again, it now is moving VERY slow only in one direction and still making a load noise, just not as loud when it wasn't moving at all. I can't figure out how to get the agitator off to see if something is stuck in there or not. Once I do that and find nothing there, what would be my next move.

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  • sitruc2000 May 11, 2010

    It could be the washing machine transmission. C

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Hi, this is a bad transmission gear box that is stripped at the moment. i recommend purchasing a agitator kit and a new transmission Assembly and clutch as well. this will fix your issues

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Good job on the coupler and agitator cam! Way to go!

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2.) The "drive block" has cracked/broken and allowed the inner tub to drop to the point that it's grinding on the outer tub base. This one is a bit more intense than the fix above. If you would, please verify that there's nothing in the inner tub before we proceed to the next step.
Note----> I don't doubt that you can't handle the next repair. It's just that I want to eliminate the simple stuff before moving to the more complex stuff.

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