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Older Maytag Washing Machine - Top Loading "Heavy Duty" model

Agitator keeps coming loose during wash/spin cycle. What can I do to fix this problem?

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  • jetjan Dec 07, 2007

    Thanks for your assistance. I will look at the agitator tomorrow to see if what you've suggested will do the job!

  • jetjan Dec 08, 2007

    I appreciate the advice offered. However, after looking at the agitator, I could not find any place for a set screw - no hole at all. And I could not find any rubber ring either. The agitator seems to just slide down over the splines on the transmission shaft with a "friction fit". I replaced the agitator and used a rubber mallet to pound down on the top of the agitator to perhaps better seat it on the shaft. If this does not work, I may have to order a new agitator.

  • jetjan Jan 27, 2008

    Hello Oceti - and thanks for your follow-up ! There was NO hole for a set screw in the old agitator! My solution was to order a replacement through a local Appliance store.

    The old one was "tourquose" in color and the replacement one is black. The replacement one HAS the Set Screw hole in it - with the set screw supplied. I removed the old one and installed the replacement one, tightened the set screw as instructed, and it is working satisfactorily.

    The machine is probably at least 25 years old.



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There is a screw near the base of the agitator. If it is missing replace it with a stainless steel screw. If this is a machine that is older than 25 years, you will have to replace the rubber ring on the agitator shaft.

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  • Randy Bell
    Randy Bell Dec 08, 2007

    What is the model number of this Maytag? How old is it?

  • Randy Bell
    Randy Bell Jan 26, 2008

    Did you ever find the solution to your agitator problem?



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