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No cam in my washer?

I went to replace the dogs in my washer but there is no cam???? The assy is just one piece with a little plastic ring with four small projections on it and it doesn't look like they would hold much. I am so very confused.
Old whirlpool 2 speed 4 cycle washer. The #'s I think are model numbers are not coming up in any data. Help?

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Hat is the dogs, four little progections should have ridges on the outside of them, and they "interlock;" with the grooves cut into the inside of the agitator

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Stopped agitating


Its probably what they call "dog ears". My washer was doing the same i took off the cap on top of the agitator and un screwed the bolt. I grabbed that white piece out and there were four little plastic pieces that looked like dog ears and i replace them for under 1.00 and mine was fine after that.

Aug 25, 2011 | Kenmore 22422 Top Load Washer

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In the agitator, how do i remove the clear plastic cam holder so i can replace those little cams so the agitator works again


If the clear plastic piece you are referring to is the center post cap, it simply lifts up. If the model number is correct, the cap is listed as item 23 in this parts drawing:

http://pcappliancerepair.com/model-display.php


Sometimes it can become gunked up with detergent and/or softener residue which can make it a little difficult get off. If it is on too tight, you can try reaching it with a pair of pliers and gently pull straight up on the handle portion. Make sure you do not damage the cap is it is required to provide and air gap to keep water from entering into the gearcase (transmission) shaft.

If you need further guidance, the following link explains how to access and replace the agitator dogs:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608577-replacing_agitator_dogs

The part number for the agitator dogs is included in the instructions I provided. For a little more, you purchase the entire cam assembly (which includes the dogs, the cam and the bearing) for about $8 to $10. It is listed as item 9 in the drawing I provided and the part number is 285809.

Replacement parts can be found at any of the following websites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

All these sites are reputable, offer great service and have competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites have helpful exploded view parts diagrams to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.

If you have questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Jun 01, 2010 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9549L Top...

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The agitator is not moving as well as it should. It turns very little. Should it not be agitating aggressively?


You have (agitating dogs) in the bottom of your washing machine. These little plastic pieces tend to wear out over time or from overloading. These can be replaced, cost about $5 for for 4 of these (dogs). Take the very top piece of the agitator off, it spins off. There's a bolt in the bottom of the agitator that will have to be removed. After it's removed, you can pull the agitator out. You will see the little (dogs). It's a very simple task, and takes about 10 min to do this. Look up (picture of agitator dogs) this will give you a better view at what you are looking at.

Mar 04, 2010 | Roper RAX4232KQ Top Load Washer

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The top part of the agitator won't turn but the bottom will. what do i do?can i remove the top part and replace a gear?


Whirlpool has a split agitator design. The upper portion is called the auger, while the bottom is called the agitator. Between these components is a agitator cam assembly. This problem is commonly caused by worn agitator dogs or the agitator cam assembly. The following link explains what the dogs are and how to replace them:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608577-replacing_agitator_dogs

The part number is included in the link provided. You can purchase replacements at pcappliancerepair.com for about $5. For a little more you can purchase the entire cam replacement kit, which includes the cam, the thrust bearing, and the dogs for about $11 or $12. IMPORTANT NOTE: The model number you have this question listed under did not have the split agitator design. It used a single piece agitator with a center post cap installed. If you need further assistance in identifying parts, please post back with your complete model number (located along the wash tub rim under the lid).

NOTE: You can refer to the excellent exploded view parts diagrams the web site has to offer for assistance. Whirlpool also recommends the application of a little grease on the thrust washer. The part number for their recommended grease is AP3098553.

If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: DO NOT overtighten the agitator bolt. This can cause damage to the plastic, or restrict the agitator movement. Tighten until snug only.

Dec 22, 2009 | Whirlpool LSR5132PQ Top Load Washer

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How to remove agitator cam from the upper part of the agitator?


Had same problem with my washer. Check to see if there are little plastic tags holding top/bottom of agitator. after replacing dogs just ensure that you realign with tags so they do not break off.

Oct 10, 2009 | Whirlpool LSN1000LW Top Load Washer

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The Top portion of the Agitator won't spin.


This is a very simple fix, that's inexpensive and requires no special tools. It sounds like you need to replace your agitator dogs. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r823955-replacing_agitator_dogs

The dogs are part of the agitator cam assembly under the auger (top portion). These little plastic pieces do wear out with age, causing the slippage you are talking about. Replacements are available at appliancepartspros.com for about $5. For a little bit more, you can purchase the entire cam replacement kit (which includes the dogs, cam and seals) for around $11 or $12. Use your model number to begin your search criteria and locate these parts under the "Agitator Parts" section.

If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Aug 19, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Agitator does minimal agitation


Hi Omni,
The Agitator "dogs"/cams have given up the ghost and need to be replaced. Access to them is easy. Before starting the repair, have this part in hand.

Here's a tool list;
1.) small flat screwdriver (to remove the top part of the agitator)
2.) 3/8" ratchet
3.) 8" X 3/8" extension (for the ratchet)
4.) 7/16" socket

Take a gander at this pic... you'll be going after #10 'cause that's the problem.
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All you gotta do is remove the top parts from the agitator to access it. See #2 in the diagram? That's the bolt holding the agitator to the transmission shaft. Remove that, then lift the whole agitator out of the tub. Now place the agitator on the floor and put both of your feet on the base. Now lift the agitator (#3) off the base (#4). Place one of your hands into the opening of the top of the agitator (to hold the cam (#9) in place) then turn the agitator over. The cam will slide right out.

Now you'll see the cam "dogs"... little white curved plastic doo-hickeys. All you gotta do now is install the new cam assy. and rebuild the agitator! Cool, huh? All it takes is about $15 bucks in parts and ~20 minutes.

Let me know if you have further questions. And don't forget to rate my solution as "FixYa"! Thanks, BB

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Apr 14, 2009 | Whirlpool LSQ9610L Top Load Washer

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One part of agitator moves the other part doesnt.


Two-Piece Agitator: Bottom Works, Top Does Not - Whirlpool brands

Some Whirlpool brands washing machines employ a two piece agitator. The bottom is call the agitator and the top is usually referred to a 'Mover'. A multi-piece cam and bearing assembly connects the two and allows the top portion to index.

If the bearing or cams become stripped or damaged, the mover will often not work. Fortunately, Whirlpool produces a cost effective agitator repair kit that replaces all of the critical components in this cam assembly. There are three different repair kits. They differ in the height of the cam.
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Agitator Removal Instructions:


Remove Dispenser or Cap:
Some models of washing machines utilize a fabric softener dispenser that resides on top of the agitator. This dispenser simply snaps onto the top of the agitator. Other styles utilize a decorative cap. To remove the dispenser, simply grab it and firmly pull up. To remove the agitator cap, insert a small flat-head screw driver into the seam between the agitator cap and the upper agitator (mover). Use a twisting or prying action to pop the cap off of the agitator.

Remove Internal Debris Cap:
Inside the agitator you will see a cap with a raised handle, much like that of your automobile. Simply reach into the agitator and twist the cap while pulling up. This will remove the cap and its o-ring.

Remove Agitator Stud:
When looking into the agitator assembly, you will notice a single nut in the center of the agitator. Use a socket kit or nut driver to remove this bolt (agitator stud).

Remove the Upper Agitator (Mover):
With the bolt removed you should be able to remove the upper half of the agitator (mover) by simply pulling up. Sometimes pulling up will actually remove the whole agitator assembly. If this happens, place the Lower Agitator on the floor and stand on the flat lip. Then Pull up to separate the Upper Agitator (mover) from the Lower Agitator.

Remove the Cam and Clutch Dogs:
When you remove the upper agitator (mover) it contains the cam and clutch dogs. Tun the assembly upside down. The cam and dogs should then come out.

-- Stop Here if Replacing Cam Kit --

Remove O-ring:
The lower agitator remains on the transmission shaft. On the top of the agitator, there is an o-ring. Remove this o-ring.

Pull the Lower Agitator:
All that remains is the lower agitator. This can be removed by simply pulling straight up on the agitator.


Agitator Installation Instructions:

Set Lower Agitator:
Slide the lower agitator onto the transmission shaft. Rotate the lower agitator until the splines in the shaft match those in the agitator. Once aligned press the agitator down. Install the o-ring into the top of the lower agitator.

-- Start Here if Replacing Cam Kit --

Assemble Cam and Dogs:
Turn the cam upside down. Place the small round ear of the dog into the corresponding slot on the cam. Repeat this for each of the four cams.

Install Cam and Dogs into Upper Agitator:
Invert the Upper Agitator (mover) and slide the cam/dog assembly inside. The cam should be pushed into the mover until it shoulders. Then rotate the whole assembly upright.

Install the Upper Agitator (Mover) on the Lower Agitator:

The lower agitator has two tabs that stick up that are 180 degrees apart. These tabs fit into two slots on the bottom of the cam. Align the matching tabs and slots and place the Upper Agitator (mover) and cam assembly onto the lower agitator. Push down until the cam snaps onto the Lower Agitator. If the dogs fall out during this step it is necessary to return to the 'Assemble Cam and Dogs' section above and start over.

Install the Agitator Stud:
Place the bolt (agitator stud) into the hole in the bottom center of the cam. Use a socket kit or nut driver to tighten the bolt .

Install Internal Debris Cap:
Install the o-ring into the groove on the OD of the debris cap. With the o-ring in place, push the cap into the Upper Agitator (mover). It is important that the cap is pushed past the ports in the Upper Agitator (mover) so that the wash water can enter and exit as designed.

Install the Dispenser or Cap:
The final step is to replace the top cap. Both the cap and the dispenser simply snap into place. Just make sure they are installed as far down a they will go and are firmly in place.



Apr 07, 2009 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9564J Top...

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Replacing the dog something or others in the agitater


The following link explains what "agitator dogs" are, and gives the steps necessary to replace them:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r823955-replacing_agitator_dogs

If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know before you rate the solution. I hope this helps you.

Jan 27, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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WHIRLPOOL MODEL LXR9445JQ0 WASHER. UPPER AGITATOR NOT WORKING VERY WELL, EXCEPT ON SMALL LOADS. LOWER AGITATOR WORKING ALL THE TIME. UPPER AGITATOR CAM BAD? HOW HARD TO REPLACE?


You need to replace the agitator dogs. Yes...there is such a thing. These are four small plastic pieces under the agitator cap that grip the upper agitator, preventing it from back spinning under a load. Searspartdirect.com has an excellent illustration of how your agitator is assembled. Just type in your model number and look under the "Agitator, Basket and Tub" heading. The dogs are listed as item 10 (part #80040). For a bit more you can order the entire upper cam replacment kit (which includes the dogs) as item 9 (285811). For instructions on how to replace, just follow this link:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r823955-replacing_agitator_dogs

This is an expensive and very simple repair. If you require addtional assistance, let me know. I hope this helps you.

Aug 27, 2008 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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