The top half of the agitator (near the fabric softner comp) is skipping while it is in wash cycle
The bottom half of the agitator works fine no probs...I have troubleshooted everything that I know of or think that maybe it could be. The top half of the agitator seems to "fit" over the bottom portion and I don't know...but it almost seems as if it has grooves or something that would make it typically turn properly, but it is "skipping or slipping" instead. Please help!!
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Check and see if there is a cup in the top of the agitator. Some machines have you put it there, turning back and forth during wash doesn't bother it, but the spin to empty the wash water causes the softener to go out through slots in the top of the cup and be held in the agitator. when it stops the softener drains into the tub, ready for the rinse cycle.
remove the fabric softner assemble.if ther is a plastic cover remove it remove 1/2 bolt and reach down under agitator up. put agitator on the floor.put a foot on both side's of the bottom of the agitator.place a hand on both side's of top part of agitator and pull up.turn top agitator upside down and the dog's should come out along with the holder.replace the dog's.to put holder and dog's back in top agitatoruse your 1/2 socket and exstention.place the 1/2 bolt in socket and place holder and dog's on bolt.turn top agitator upside down and feed holder and dog's up in top agitator.holding socket and exstention in top agitator,rotate top agitator down holding dog's and holder in with socket and exstention.place top agitator over bottom agitator and line up the two aliment ear's on bottom agitator and use exstention to push top agitator down on bottom agitator.place agitator back on transmition shaft and replace 1/2 bolt.replace plastic cover and fabric softner assembly.
Liquid Softener was clogged up over time. 1-Put hot water in the place of the Softener slowly and let it over flow to dissolve the solidified liquid. 2-Keep doing this until you see water at the bottom of the tub. 3-Run a small load to clean out the gum.
probably just what is known as agitator dogs just worn ..with no brand or model i assume it's a whirpool or kenmore ..1st remove softner dispenser (without brand can't say how it would come off ..some twist off some just pull off ) if agitator has cap underneath pull it off in center of agitator should be a bolt 7/16 if kenmore/whirlpool..remove it pull up on top half ..whole thing may come out if so just pull up sharply on top part..center part of top half comes out dogs are on it( 4 )again i'm assuming kenmore/whirlpool whirpool part # 80040 replace them and reassemble ..if any other brand will probably have to replace entire agitator..good luck
Sorry for the delay. You need to replaced your agitator dogs. (yes this is really what they call them). They are 4 small pieces inside the agitator that act as a "clutch" They allow the top half of the agitator to turn freely one direction and not the other. When the worn dogs slip, it causes a grinding/ grunting type noise from the machine. So first this fist. You will need to purchase the inexpensive dogs from a local appliance parts store or from the manufactures web site on line. (part # 80040).
For the model you have, begin by removing the fabric softner dispenser on top of the agitator. It just sits in the with a clip, so gently rock it back and forth until it comes free. Under it you will find a mostly clear plastic cap with a black seal around it. Use the tabs on the cap to pry/ pull it up. Underneath you will find a 7/16" bolt. Go ahead and take that out. Now you will be able to remove the top half of the agitator by pulling it straight up. If the bottom half comes with it, not to worry. Look down in the opening where you just removed the bolt from. On the bottom you will see 2 white plastic tabs, pry these with a small flat head screw driver to separate the lower half from the upper half. Now weather you had to separate the 2 halves or the top came off by itself, take the top half of the agitator and turn it upside down. You will feel the inner piece fall out. Now we will work with just the inner peice. Turn it upside down (so you can see the dogs just like the ones you purchased) There is a small collar that keeps them in place. Gently pry it up. (it should slide pretty easy. Remove the old dogs. Now using a paper towel of washclothe, wipe down any fabric softner, or shavings from the old dogs, so the new ones can move smoothly. Install the new dog and begin re-assembly. I would reccomend wiping out the inside of the large peice that is one the top half of the agitator too. Re-assemble in reverse order. To get the clear cap back on more easily, a thin rubbing of liquid detergent or fabric softner on the edge of the black seal, will help it go in without binding so much.