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Whirlpool Calypso Top Loader

My washer is six years old. No problems until now. I just completed a small load of "hand washed" clothes and found a silk robe had become lodged under the "wash plate". This washer does not have an agitator. I have the manual, but can not find how to remove the cap so I can remove the wash plate and untangle the robe. Does it take a special tool? Thanks.

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Re: Whirlpool Calypso Top Loader

The wash plate (or nunater) can be removed by following these instructions. It may seem like a lot, but the wash plate will not come out of the tub unless you follow the necessary steps: 1. UNPLUG THE WASHER. 2. Open the washer top. Look along the front seam of the washer where the top meets the front. There are a couple of retaining clips (about 2" in from each side) that you will need to push in on with a putty knife while gently lifting up on the top to get the top to release. Carefully open the top and lay it back against the wall in a resting position. Make sure you support the lid so it doesn't fall open when you tilt the top back. 3. Remove the tub ring. This is the plastic donut shaped ring that sits on top of the wash tub. There will be a tab on either side of the outer tub near the back that you can use a screwdriver to release the tub ring. The ring is filled with fluid and is used to balance the tub. So, if you hear liquid sloshing around, this is normal. 4. Remove the center cone from the wash plate. Use a flat blade screwdriver and insert it into any of the slots available along the sides. Gently pry until it pops off. I say "gently", but you may have to use a little muscle to get it to come off. Sometimes they stick. Once the center cone is removed there will be a series of nuts under it. 5. Remove the nuts and the wash plate should lift out. Be careful not to damage the gasket under it. Your clothing is probably tangled in the leveler under the wash plate. This leveler should have a key on it. The wash plate will only go back in with this key mating to a slot on it. So, remember how you took it off. In addition, when putting the wash plate back on, make sure you tighten the nuts in a cross pattern and evenly tighten them as you go. This will ensure the gasket seats properly. Good luck to you and I hope this helps you. PS Don't forget to put the tub ring back in.

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