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The top of the agitator does not move, but the bottom does.

I can push down on the top of the agitator and it moves. When I release, it separates from the bottom and stops agitation. The machine is a Maytag top loader.

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There are little ratchet pawls that make the top 1/2 agitate in one direction only.... they cost about 7 bucks and 85 to install, not hard, just tricky to intall..

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It leaves soap on the clothes after it goes thru the cycle and I noticed that the top part of the agitator doesn't move hardly. The washers model # is LSR8233JQO and the serial # is CK4729250, Type 111.


The agitator dogs (part # 80040) that grip and turn the top agitator to push the clothes into the bottom agitator during the wash cycle are worn and must be replaced. It costs about $5 and replacing it is an easy task to do.

Disconnect the power to the washer. Open the lid and remove the agitator cap by prying it with a flat-bladed screwdriver off the agitator top. Remove the 7/16 inch stud and seal holding the agitator to the shaft using a socket wrench with extension.

Lift the agitator off the shaft and pull the top agitator off the bottom agitator. Remove the cam that holds the agitator dogs from the top agitator.

Lay the cam upside down and install the agitator dogs on the slots. Hold the cam with the newly installed agitator dogs on one hand and the top agitator upside down on the other. Slide the cam up into the top agitator and turn the assembly in the upright position.

Align the cam and bottom agitator tabs and cut-outs and place the top agitator with the cam over the bottom agitator. Place the agitator assembly on the shaft and rotate it until the grooves match. Push the agitator down and reinstall the stud and seal. Do not over tighten the stud or the agitator will not spin properly.

Feb 10, 2010 | Dryers

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Agitator not moving--seems loose


This washer has what we call a bionic agitator and this agitator has a 2 parts:
it has a base and a top section.
IF the BASE IS NOT WORKING AT ALL, please have the transimssion checked and also check the coupling.
IF the BASE is working and the top is NOT
THEN replace the 4 plastic AGITATOR DOGS that are in the agitator.

Remove the CAP from the agitator...remove any plastic cap.
Get a socket wrench and get the socket that removes the bolt.
remove bolt...
PULL the agitator from the base and separate the top from the bottom.
Take the top and turn it upside down to remove the platic interior part that holds these 4 dogs. REMOVE the old dos and replace with new and do a reverse engineeriong putting agitator back.

Nov 20, 2009 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9549L Top...

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I have a Whirlpool LSN1000LW0 Washer. How do I separate the agitator to replace the dogs?


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.

Nov 15, 2009 | Washing Machines

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Agitator top not moving, but bottom is


The problem you are experiencing comes from worn agitator dogs located in the agitator cam assembly. The following link explains how to disassemble the agitator to access the cam components:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r823955-replacing_agitator_dogs

In most cases, the small cam "teeth", called "dogs" wear out due to normal wear and tear and require replacement. I have included the part number in the link provided. Replacements can be purchased at appliancepartspros.com for about $5. If you need an illustration to assist you, searspartsdirect.com has some excellent exploded view diagrams that you can use for reference.

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

Aug 28, 2009 | Whirlpool LXR6432JQ Top Load Washer

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One part of agitator moves the other part doesnt.


Two-Piece Agitator: Bottom Works, Top Does Not - Whirlpool brands

Some Whirlpool brands washing machines employ a two piece agitator. The bottom is call the agitator and the top is usually referred to a 'Mover'. A multi-piece cam and bearing assembly connects the two and allows the top portion to index.

If the bearing or cams become stripped or damaged, the mover will often not work. Fortunately, Whirlpool produces a cost effective agitator repair kit that replaces all of the critical components in this cam assembly. There are three different repair kits. They differ in the height of the cam.
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Agitator Removal Instructions:


Remove Dispenser or Cap:
Some models of washing machines utilize a fabric softener dispenser that resides on top of the agitator. This dispenser simply snaps onto the top of the agitator. Other styles utilize a decorative cap. To remove the dispenser, simply grab it and firmly pull up. To remove the agitator cap, insert a small flat-head screw driver into the seam between the agitator cap and the upper agitator (mover). Use a twisting or prying action to pop the cap off of the agitator.

Remove Internal Debris Cap:
Inside the agitator you will see a cap with a raised handle, much like that of your automobile. Simply reach into the agitator and twist the cap while pulling up. This will remove the cap and its o-ring.

Remove Agitator Stud:
When looking into the agitator assembly, you will notice a single nut in the center of the agitator. Use a socket kit or nut driver to remove this bolt (agitator stud).

Remove the Upper Agitator (Mover):
With the bolt removed you should be able to remove the upper half of the agitator (mover) by simply pulling up. Sometimes pulling up will actually remove the whole agitator assembly. If this happens, place the Lower Agitator on the floor and stand on the flat lip. Then Pull up to separate the Upper Agitator (mover) from the Lower Agitator.

Remove the Cam and Clutch Dogs:
When you remove the upper agitator (mover) it contains the cam and clutch dogs. Tun the assembly upside down. The cam and dogs should then come out.

-- Stop Here if Replacing Cam Kit --

Remove O-ring:
The lower agitator remains on the transmission shaft. On the top of the agitator, there is an o-ring. Remove this o-ring.

Pull the Lower Agitator:
All that remains is the lower agitator. This can be removed by simply pulling straight up on the agitator.


Agitator Installation Instructions:

Set Lower Agitator:
Slide the lower agitator onto the transmission shaft. Rotate the lower agitator until the splines in the shaft match those in the agitator. Once aligned press the agitator down. Install the o-ring into the top of the lower agitator.

-- Start Here if Replacing Cam Kit --

Assemble Cam and Dogs:
Turn the cam upside down. Place the small round ear of the dog into the corresponding slot on the cam. Repeat this for each of the four cams.

Install Cam and Dogs into Upper Agitator:
Invert the Upper Agitator (mover) and slide the cam/dog assembly inside. The cam should be pushed into the mover until it shoulders. Then rotate the whole assembly upright.

Install the Upper Agitator (Mover) on the Lower Agitator:

The lower agitator has two tabs that stick up that are 180 degrees apart. These tabs fit into two slots on the bottom of the cam. Align the matching tabs and slots and place the Upper Agitator (mover) and cam assembly onto the lower agitator. Push down until the cam snaps onto the Lower Agitator. If the dogs fall out during this step it is necessary to return to the 'Assemble Cam and Dogs' section above and start over.

Install the Agitator Stud:
Place the bolt (agitator stud) into the hole in the bottom center of the cam. Use a socket kit or nut driver to tighten the bolt .

Install Internal Debris Cap:
Install the o-ring into the groove on the OD of the debris cap. With the o-ring in place, push the cap into the Upper Agitator (mover). It is important that the cap is pushed past the ports in the Upper Agitator (mover) so that the wash water can enter and exit as designed.

Install the Dispenser or Cap:
The final step is to replace the top cap. Both the cap and the dispenser simply snap into place. Just make sure they are installed as far down a they will go and are firmly in place.



Apr 07, 2009 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9564J Top...

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Not fully agitating


2 things
First is that I assume this not to be a 1 piece agitator. If it was the whole thing should turn back n forth Make sure its top (nut) fastner is tight. Usually just push down slightly and turn Clockwise.

A sectioned agitator has a lower section separate fro the upper. The lower can be attached to the agitator shaft and will move back n forth but the top has teeth that engage 1 way and allow slippage when the agitator comes back the other way. This "ratchet" action (some whirlpool older models that i have seen) if it has teeth ground off or grease build up under the teeth can cause them to stop agitating and just kind of sit there.

Drain and remove the clothes,
Take the top by hand and try turn it back n forth see if bottom moves. If the top is slipping and the bottom stays put remove the top nut (turn Counter Clock Wise) and try remove the upper section. If you can get it off you may be able to see why its not turning, and get the part to fix it.

Please let me know if this helped you. Rate me with as high a mark as you can. thanks and good luck.

Apr 02, 2009 | Washing Machines

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I have a sears kenmore elite washer mod# 110 20952991, and the agitator works,but doesn't move around, sounds like it is stripped ! Help !!


If the entire agitator is not moving you will have to replace it. If the top is not working properly, you will need the 4 little gears inside the top calle d agitator dogs. The set of four cost about $8.00 and are available at any appliance parts store. To get to the agitator dogs you will remove your fabric softner dispenceer, if you have one. Then pop off the top lid of the agitator. It will have a small spot to insert a screwdriver and pop it off. Then reach down inside the agitator and pull out the next little cover. Be carefull not to loose the seal. Then you will need to unscrew the bolt that you see in the bottom. Once you have done that the agitator will lift off. The top will not pop off the bottom and you will be able to see the four little tear shaped gears called DOGS. I love the name. You should be able to install the new ones fairly easily and then just line the top of tha agitator up with the bottom and push it back down into place. If you look down inside the agitator you will see two little clips that you will need to line up. It is really an easy repair. Let me know if you have any other questions.I hope this will FixYa. Please rate me when you can. Mike

Sep 24, 2008 | Washing Machines

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Top Agitator is not moving


This washer has a set of cheap plastic dogs that grab the inside wall of the upper agitator to move the clothes downward and help them get a better cleaning. The older style These dogs will wear out. To test whether or not these are bad just grab the agitator while in wash mode. The dogs should advance the top portion easily. If not then they are worn out. To replace them you must remove the agitator and sit it on the floor. Hold the base down with your feet and yank the top upwards. After seperating the 2 pieces you simply install the new dogs and line up the bottom with the top being careful not to break the little tabs on the bottom agitator that hold the top in place. The newer style you simply pop the cover of the agitator and use a 3/4 drive extention to unscrew the upper agitator. replace the dogs and put the top back on. Nothing could be easier.

Jul 30, 2008 | Estate TAWS800JQ Top Load Washer

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My whirlpool top loader won't agitate.


Sounds like what you have is a dual agitator, bottom moves back and forth in wash, top acts like a screw pulling clothes down to the bottom of the tub. If so, the agitator dogs are bad, to get to them, pop off the cap on top of the agitator, then reach down inside and pull up a cap in there, then use a socket (I forget the size) and a long extension to unbolt the agitator and pull it out, the dogs are located between the top and bottom sections. They are slightly curved rubbery plastic pieces, 4 total. About an 1 1/2" or so long, one end fits into a hole on the inner part of the agitator and the other end is ribbed to catch the outer part of the agitator during the wash stroke.

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