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Whirlpool Agitator I have a whirlpool Washer LSC 9355DQ0 bought new in 1995. Virtually no problems until now.  Agitator barely moves during wash cycle.  Will move if I spin it by hand or add pressure, but inconsistent.  What are the possible issues?  Is this an easy home fix or best serviced by a professional?

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Hi , need to service by a profesional repairman near you,some parts to replace like bushing .

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