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Anyway to remove agitaror to get stuck piece of fabric without tearing apart entire machine? Kenmore top loading washer

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  • karensjobs Jun 26, 2009

    Hi, Thank you so much! Funny thing, in desperation while waiting for a response, I decided to try and fill it with water and start the agistator. As soon as I got about 3 inches of water into it, it looked like it freed up, so I gave a tug and the t-shirt came right out--what was leftof it, the agitator had made numerous holes in it, butat least it cameout. I have now done another load of junk clothes and included a couple painted up t-shirts and the washer worked just fine.



    But thanks again for the help, very clear and I think even the wife of an engineer (I'm the wife and daughter of engineers) could handle this on her own with your nice simple info.



    Appreciate your time!

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This is a simple procedure. Just follow these steps:

1. Remove the center post cap or fabric softener dispenser (if equipped) from the agitator by gently prying it off.

2. Under the center post cap locate the air gap plastic cap (if equipped) and remove.

3. Remove the center bolt of the agitator. You will have either a 7/16” hex bolt or a recessed square plastic nut. If you have the square recessed type, use a 3/8” to ½” ratchet adapter to remove.

4. Remove the upper portion of the agitator (called the "auger") by lifting straght up.

5. Remove the lower portion of the agititator by grasping the lower flanges near the bottom of the wash tub and pulling straight up.

This will expose the transmission shaft and anything that may be lodged under the agitator.

Reassemble in the reverse order of the instructions I provided. NOTE: Make sure you only tighten the agitator bolt until it is snug. Do not overtighten as this can break the agitator or restrict its movement.

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

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