Why wont the top portion of my agitator spin? It appears there are plastic gears within the top portion of the agitator. Can these be inexpensively replaced?
Whirlpool, Roper, an Kenmore are the only brands with rebuild able agitators. Any other brand will need a replacement agitator. The parts are about 6 to 8 dollars.
Here are some instructions I recently posted for someone else with a similar problem on an older whirlpool washer. If you need more specific instructions or the model you have is different let me know and I can look up the parts breakdown and give you step by step repair instructions.
Does the lower half of the agitator still operate normally? (Back and
forth) Can you spin the top half (spiraled part) of the agitator in both
directions with out the lower half moving? If so then you have a worn
set of agitator "dogs" they are little plastic ears located in the upper
half of the agitator and catch the notched inner section of the
agitator to make the top action work like a corkscrew, slipping one way
and driving the other as
the lower half goes back and forth.
To get at these parts you will need to remove the agitator, Remove
fabric softener dispenser or cap on top, and look down inside tho
You will need to remove the plastic cover inside that has two ears
sticking up, pull on one side or the other and it should pop out, there
will be a rubber seal around it so it will be a little difficult to
Now you will have access to the bolt that holds the entire agitator in
the machine. The agitator dogs are located right on the outer edge of
the center cup that the bolt goes through. To access them you will want
to separate the two halves of the agitator and flip the top half upside
down while holding your hand inside it to catch the cup with the dogs in
it. Part number 80040, for the dogs.
Good luck to You!!
Jun 30, 2010 |