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The agitator will not move the washer works but the clothes just sit there

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  • alayne58 Jun 22, 2009

    Kenmore Elite top loader. It makes a griding noise when it is agitating. I can stop it from moving with my hand. I took out the agitator and the spline looks great. I think it is what drives it from the bottom. Is there a belt?

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Hi, What make/Model# is this? I can help you.

Vic

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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    Victor Jun 23, 2009

    Hi, No there is no belt, This is a direct drive model. There is a coupler that connects the motor and transmission. if the coupler goes bad, it will not spin dry either, If it spins and doesn't wash, it must be the transmission.

    Does this help?

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