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Agitator appers to be striped out.... Cannot figure out how to remove agitator to see if needs replaced..

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  • birchfarm Feb 03, 2008

    I have the same problem but I don't see a bolt under the cover of the agitator (I have removed the cover and the seal and I see a plastic piece centered on what appears similar to the head of a nail.)

    My agitator acts like it is partially stripped. With a heavy load the agitator makes a sound like plastic gears are rubbing and won't turn.  When I run a light load, the agitator catches and moves - most of the time, but seems to slip once in a while.  I can cause the same thing when turning it by hand.  Anyway, it sounds like the mechanism needs replacing and I just haven't been able to figure out how to remove it.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    agitator does not work anymore how do I repair it? Kenmore elite he 796.2927



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On some you won’t see a bolt but if you look at it the white plastic that looks to have a stud in the middle is square and that is the nut you can use a 1/2" extension and ratchet to unscrew it then remove then agitator

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Remove cover on agitator. should be a bolt in the center.this is not common.check the gears in the agitator first.remember this agitator only goes one way.

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