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Machine does not agitate, will spin and rinse including.

Filled water is OK, but make noise (bad bearing) during agitating cylce and not move on top while belt bellow is running.

spin and rinse is fine.
(manual pulled the belt and noted that the top-gear is only cycle in one direction.
Which part(s) do I need or is it the transmission?
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Yes, transmission. this is under ten year manuf. warr.

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