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Slow spinning agitator with knocking sound

I have a whirlpool clothes washer lsc8244dz0 that has recently began giving a knocking sound coming from the agitator. The agitator now moves slower than usual. What are th possible causes?

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Agitator dogs. take them out and replace.

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