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2 small socks disappeared in the wash; don't know how or where to look

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They are most likely jammed under the agitator, or IN it, if it has a 2 piece structure as many of them do. They should not harm the machine, and new socks are cheaper than a service call.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014

Testimonial: "Is there no way to remove the agitator ourselves? The washer model is LSR6232JQ0. The sox are vintage doll clothes; I'd like to get them if it is possible to do... Thank you!"

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    Geoffrey White Feb 10, 2014

    The agitator is secured by a hex head bolt (7/16" is the most common size) down in the middle of the centre stem. To get at this you need to remove a few bits from the stem. This video is not for your model (I think your agitator is a one piece, not 2 as in the video) but it will show you the general procedure in lifting out the agitator and looking underneath and inside. You will not need to try all the disassembly shown in the video.

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  • Geoffrey White
    Geoffrey White Feb 10, 2014

    Also this interesting post in Fixya. If the socks are between the inner and outer basket you will need a service tech :



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