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Agitator on my washer is loose

I have a Sears Kenmore Elite top load washer. The aggitator goes up and down but only very slightly. Barely moves the clothes. I think someone overloaded the machine. It is about 9 years old.

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  • Nancy LaChappelle Jul 17, 2009

    How do you take the aggitator off? Is it from under the drum?

  • Nancy LaChappelle Jul 17, 2009

    Thank you so much for your help

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Replace the agitator dogs in the top part of the agitator. Parts are about $7.00.

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How do i remove the agitator on my kenmore elite washer


See if the top of the adgitator is removable, there is a bolt way down under the liquid fabric softener and top lid. And possibly a top sealed cover as well...

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If the bottom agitates and not the top, the problem is likely the 4 "agitator dogs" designed to allow the top agitator to turn only one way.

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.

Look at the section on the Sears site for Agitator, basket and tub.

See the part "Dog, agitator "

Remove the fabric softener unit, lift the top agitator cap (use a screwdriver) and you should see a plastic part in the center of the top agitator with a 1/2" square drive.

Remove the drive and lift off the top agitator. Turning it over you should see the 4 "dogs", replace these and the top agitator should turn in one direction only.

Replace the 1/2" drive, the cap and fabric softener unit and the top agitator should work.

Also see the following illustrated description of the above.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=136&osCsid=0da65cea0e338fe930b1fde153a243f0

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http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getModel!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=110.20952992

Following is the Whirlpool / Kenmore installation and maintenance PDF for top load, direct drive washers. It includes troubleshooting and testing sections for both the motor and capacitor.

https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

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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/getModel!retrieve.pd?pop=true&modelNumber=110.92587400

I assume that you mean that the top agitator is not.

See the section of the Sears site for Agitator, Basket and Tub.

You'll see an item #5 "Clutch, Agitator". These are basically used to allow the top agitator to move only one way. If they are worn (which happens since they are plastic parts) the top agitator may not move either way.

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Pretty easy to change out. You just need to pull the aggitator out and change the 4 little plastic ears. Good luck :)

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It's easy, your agitator dogs are bad. They are little teeth that sit inside the agitator. If you remove the top of the agitator you will see 4 small gizmos that sit inside there. They have teeth that catch the teeth on the agitator and stop it when it agitates. The teeth on the agitator dogs are just worn out. They cost around 7 dollars from your local appliance repair shop and are easy to replace. Just pull out the housing for the dogs and replace them. You buy them in a set of four. Let me know if you have any other questions and let me know if this was helpful. Good luck and have a great weekend.

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