Question about Hotpoint VBXR1090D Top Load Washer
Top agitator is not working what do i look for
Are you sure your washer is a Hotpoint? I ask because the model number you have this question listed under has a single piece agitator with a fabric softener dispenser snapped on top of the center post. If you are having problems with the fabric softener not dispensing, you simply pop the cap off the center post and wash and rinse in some hot water to dissolve the fabric softener build up.
Now...if you have a split agitator design, such as the one on Whirlpool manufactured top loaders, you may have a worn agitator cam assembly or worn dogs.
Whirlpool uses a split agitator design. The upper portion is called the auger, while the bottom is called the agitator. Between these components is a agitator cam assembly. This problem is commonly caused by either worn agitator dogs, a worn agitator cam assembly, or a loose agitator bolt. The following link explains what the dogs are and how to replace them:
The part number is included in the link provided. You can purchase replacements at pcappliancerepair.com for about $5. For a little more you can purchase the entire cam replacement kit, which includes the cam, the thrust bearing, and the dogs for about $11 or $12.
NOTE: You can refer to the excellent exploded view parts diagrams the web site has to offer for assistance. Whirlpool also recommends the application of a little grease on the thrust washer. The part number for their recommended grease is AP3098553.
If you aren't sure, or have additional questions about this repair, please post back with your complete model number (located on a nameplate along the wash tub opening under the lid) and let me know. I hope this helps you.
NOTE: DO NOT overtighten the agitator bolt. This can cause damage to the plastic, or restrict the agitator movement. Tighten until snug only.
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
Well if the model number thats attached to this call is even close theres still 20 sub-models from ther. anyways your agitator sits upon a plastic drive bell, you can remove the agitator by pulling up sharply upon the agitator (sometimes a belt looped under the agitator provides a better grasping surface), then you can see and touch the drive bell, which is held in place by a 7/16th bolt.. that drive bell is indexed to the transmission drive shaft by splines that sometimes/often wear out allowing the agitator to spin sorta freely..
give that a shot and let me know..
have fun, and good luck,
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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This is usually the agitator dogs have worn out or broke. These are very inexpensive and easy to replace. There is a video at http://appliancehelponline.com/topagitatorvideo.html this will walk you thru the proper inspecting and replacement of these parts. You can also enter your model # for diagrams and illustrations of your specific model. Not all models are available. All parts come with installation instructions.
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