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Worn agitator dogs have NOTHING to do with the washer's ability to spin. Spin and agitation is controlled by the drive motor and gearcase (transmission). The washer will still spin and agitate with worn dogs on the cam assembly, but the agitiator will slip or remain stationary. This configuration usually applies only to Whirlpool manufactured washers (includes Kenmore, Estate, Roper, Kelvinator, Kitchenaid and some later model Maytags).

The most common cause of the symptoms you describe is a lid switch malfunction.

The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3557193-replacing_a_lid_switch

On some models, the lid switch is located under the top casing by one of the lid hinges. You will know if you if you have this type of switch, because It does not have a lid strike and the small hole on the right hand side of the wash tub will not be present. This switch is actuated (toggled) by a rod on the lid hinge. With this type of switch, if you locate it and it can be toggled by hand, you may only need to adjust the actuator by bending it slightly.

A replacement lid switch (if required) can be purchased at any of the following web sites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The average price is about $20 - $30. Prices differ between sites so shop and compare.

If you have questions, need additional assistance, please post back with your model number (located on a nameplate along the wash tub opening under the washer lid), so I can provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: The problem could also be attributed to a a worn gearcase, but you need to rule out the least expensive and more comon problems first.

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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Your agitator dogs are most likely worn out, They are made of plastic and wear quickly if the washer gets overloaded or of balance. On the top of the agitator, the top will spin off like a screw. Look down inside the agitator after removing the top. You will see a bolt at the very bottom. Remove this bolt and the agitator will be able to be pulled out. You will then see 4 white plastic pieces gripping a gear. I will include a picture of what these look like and a diagram. You may have to enlarge the pics to see good. The agitator dogs are about $5 and easily replaced. These dogs have small teeth on them and grip the agitator on another gear, this is how the agitator works.washer will not agitate or spin - 7a51cba.jpg

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Drive Belt If the washer won't spin or agitate, check the drive belt. If the belt is broken or if it isn't tight on the pulleys the washer won't spin or agitate properly.

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Stator Assembly If the washer won't spin or agitate the stator assembly might be burned out. The stator is essentially one half of a motor, it interacts with the tub by creating a strong electro-magnet. If the stator burns out the washer won't spin or agitate. Check the stator for continuity. This part is often misdiagnosed.

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Door Lock Motor and Switch Assembly If the washer won't spin or agitate the door lock assembly should be checked. The door lock can fail either mechanically or electrically. Test any switches on the door lock with an Ohm meter. The switches should have continuity according to their design.

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