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Disconnect power then lift the lid open. Pry the dispenser assembly off the agitator top then remove the agitator bolt by turning it counterclockwise. Once the bolt is off, lift the agitator then install the new agitator in place. Secure it with the agitator bolt then put the dispenser assembly back into position. Lifting the basket helps budge the agitator and remove it more easily.
never a good time for the washer to stop working correctly. If a
washing machine's agitator isn't working properly, your clothes won't
The back-and-forth movement of the agitator is a main
function in the cleaning process of your laundry.
If your agitator
isn't working, it could be the agitator itself or broken splines in the
assembly beneath the agitator. Either one is a relatively easy and
inexpensive repair that you should be able to do yourself. Instructions and material needed :Socket wrench,Rope,Broom,Replacement parts
the agitator for breaks. If the agitator is broken or cracked, you'll
need to replace it. A broken agitator won't operate correctly, if at
all. If the agitator looks fine but isn't moving, you'll need to
inspect the plastic splines in the agitator assembly located underneath
the agitator from the washing machine by first removing the fabric
softener dispenser cap on top of it. This cap should either pull or
screw off. It it's difficult to remove, you might have to pry it off.
the bolt beneath the softener cap with a socket wrench. Once you've
removed the screw, try lifting the agitator out of the washer. If it
doesn't easily lift out, loop a rope underneath one side of the
agitator and over a broom handle. Continue looping the rope under the
other side of the agitator and back over the broom. Using caution not
to hit yourself in the head, pull up on the broom until the agitator
the broken agitator with a new one. Snap the new one in place and
secure the bolt underneath the fabric softener cap. Place the cap back
on the agitator and you're ready to start washing.
the plastic splines in the assembly directly underneath the agitator,
if the agitator itself isn't broken. If the plastic splines are broken
or worn down, this will keep the agitator from properly moving. In
fact, it might not move at all. Replace the spline assembly with a new
one and reassemble the agitator by reversing your steps to remove it.
If the main shaft were broken, the entire agitator assembly would come out. Usually, there is a plastic adapter that goes from the shaft to the interior of the agitator and is splined to mate with the shaft. A bolt commonly holds the two together, but usually has an uncommon drive head. There may be a removable plastic cap that either unscrews or just pulls off. Hope this helps!
This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.
First, see the Sears parts site for your washer: http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action
Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.
There are a number of Series 80 design washers. You'll need the actual model number to better check for the problem.
First, I'd remove the top agitator (as you've already done), then I'd remove the main agitator.
Under it you will see a clip and what Whirlpool calls a "washer". The "washer has two prongs, one fits into the main agitator shaft drive and the other fits in the lower agitator. If one or the other of the prongs is broken, the agitator most likely wont. I'd also look inside the main agitator to see if the ridges are broken off.
I'd then start the washer on it's smallest cycle and see if the main agitator shaft turns back and forth. If it doesn't and the washer goes through it's drain and spin cycles, the problem is likely in the transmission itself with what they call the agitate gear and / or agitate cams.
Please see the Whirlpool / Kenmore PDF document on installation, maintenance and operation of direct drive washers.
Hello Friend, Your problem is easily solved. You need to replace the agitator dogs. To replace all you have to do is pop the top cover off of agitator and remove bolt. Pull up on agitator and remove from washer. Next remove upper agitator from lower agitator. Inside the upper agitator top piece you will see a mechanism that has 4 little ratcheting teeth, these are called agitator dogs. Just replace them with new ones and re-install agitator. This should solve your problem. Happy to help, Tim.
Your lower spray arm is broken, allowing the water the hit the door where it shouldn't thus causing the water to blow out of the door gasket. To remove you turn the center plastic screw in the middle of the spray arm clockwise while holding the spray arm stationary. You can obtain the spray arm either at you local appliance dealer or at repair clinic dot com.
either you have something stuck betwwen the two tubs(ie. a sock. ) preventing the tub from free spinning.or there is a clutch mounted on top of the transmission not engaging, as far the agitator not spinning correctly sounds liek the agitaor dawgs are stripped preventing proper agitaing(bottom of agitator works fine but upper portion free spins both ways without resistance?? correct??