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Re: I am unable to remove the agitator from my Kelvinator...
Before removing the agitator, unplug the washer to avoid an electrical shock hazard. The agitator's movement back and forth is important for the cleaning of your laundry. If it doesn't function properly, your clothes won't be as clean as possible. If your agitator does not move, moves only in one direction or its movement is very weak, you will probably need to remove the agitator. Furthermore, in order to inspect the tub for leaks, the clutch assembly, the splines, or to remove the spin drum, you will have to remove the agitator. he agitator is fastened to the agitator shaft and its movement is driven either by splines or a simple clutch assembly. The splines are usually plastic or rubber nubs on a cylinder that fits over the agitator shaft. If the nubs wear down, the shaft will not turn properly or it will turn weakly. If the agitator is moving in only one direction, the likely cause is the clutch assembly. The clutch has dogs that depress and pop up with each turn. If those dogs are worn, they will not engage properly and the agitator will turn only in one direction. read more about the agitator removal in the next comment.
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Gently remove the fabric softener cup off of the top of the agitator
Using a ratchet, an extension and socket; then remove the retaining bolt under the fabric softener cup.
The agitator will lift off after the bolt is removed.
Drop the agitator in place. Install bolt.... tighten bolt with ratchet, extension and socket. Install the fabric softener cup.
Obviously the washer should be either just spinning or agitating. The transmission ,or in this style washer it is called the gearcase, is bad and would need to be replaced. The gearcase controls the spin and the agitate in this washer. The part number is 3360629 and retails for $172.77. To replace; Unplug washer, remove the 2 trim pieces on either side of the console, remove the 2 screws under the trim, lift the console and rotate to the back, remove the 2 retainers going from the back into the cabinet, remove the cabinet, remove the drain pump, remove the motor, remove the agitator, remove the gearcase with 3 bolts holding it on. The gearcase will now slide out of the washer. Transfer the clutch and motor mounting plate to the new gearcase and reassemble in the reverse order.
All depends on the make, some have a bolt in the center under the cap/dispenser and Maytag had a retainer bolt in the side. Once the bolts are out a strap placed under the agitator makes removal easier and saves your fingers. Eric
been there done that. just cut them off and get new ones. by the time you go thru the trouble it wont be worth the headaches. I have had to drill holes in the floor of a chevy with a hole saw because the body mounts were broke off. just not worth the time to try and save a few bucks on bolts. get new ones. hope this helps. mike
These are called agitator ratchet's and are located beneath the plastic retainer cover which is held in place by a 3/8" bolt. Remove bolt from agitator and remove. You may need to use a flat screwdriver to depress 3 glued tabs within this plastic retainer. From top use hammer lightly tap with screw driver until all 3 are free. Turn agitator over ratchet's are accessible. Order agitatorratchets. Thank you
To check the agitator, grab hold of is and see if there is any movement, to remove , first remove the softener cap (14) by pulling, look inside, secure or remove the securing bolt (4) using a long socket extension, once undone remove the top agitator (1) then the bottom agitator (15), check the condition of the splines, refit in reverse order.
Sounds like the agitator securing bolt is missing and what you see is the remaining washer (" a plate with a hole in"), if the bolt is missing the agitator should simply lift up to remove, the securing bolt is a 10mm x 40mm should do the job, you will need a 17mm socket and long extension to refit the securing bolt.