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Washer will not agitate, after moving washer i noticed small pile of what looks like belt debris.

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I had the same with my washer. Depends on the make and model but i found the parts guide on the internet (sorry cant remember where) but under the agitator there is a spline. The teeth were wore out and it was just slipping inside the agitator. wasnt that hard to change. belt debris was coming from a rusty pulley that had gotten sharp edges around it and the belt wasnt running right on it. not an expert but thats what was wrong with mine and i did fix it myself. hope this helps you

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If this is a Whirlpool manufactured washer (includes Kenmore, Estate, Kelvinator, Kitchenaid, Frigidaire), that small pile of debris could be an indication that your motor coupling has gone bad. If the washer will fill and drain, but won't agitate or spin, this is usually a sign that the motor coupling has broken. The black dust is an indication that the rubber bushing has sheared apart. The noise of the motor engaging, lack of agitation and ability to still drain are other common symptoms. This is a common fail item with this model washer through normal wear and tear. Newer versions of the coupler are more resilient and resist breaking. The following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385252-replacing_motor_coupling_whirlpool_top

The motor coupling is located between the drive motor and the transmission and takes the place of a drive belt. They do wear out and can break. The replacement part number is included in the link I provided and is an improved upgraded coupling that is more resilient. It should last longer. If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

A replacement coupler can be purchased on line at appliancepartspros.com for about $11. Just use the part number in the link and "Search by Part Number" for your search criteria.

If you have questions about this repair, or if you require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: If this is not a Whirlpool, or if you just don't know, post back with your model number (located along the wash tub rim under the lid), so that I may be able to provide you with better service.

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Lid switch If the lid switch is defective, the washing machine may not agitate or function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.

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Belts Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)

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