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Top agitator not working on a 1996 top load whirlpool washer

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I would suspect the timer unit--it controls all functions. I would replace the lid switch as it is a safety feature.Try to pull the timer knob off--you should find several screws behind it that release the module (the top should be off).

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
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Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

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It turns one way for agitating and reverses for draining and spinning.

It sounds as if either the motor is shot or one of the connectors is bad.

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
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Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Also see the Whirlpool / Kenmore installation and operations manual for top load direct drive washers.

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

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Enter your model number and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

Following is the Whirlpool installation and maintenance PDF on how top load, direct drive washers work with a troubleshooting section.

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