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the agitator is held by a bolt with a 7/16 drive nut located inside the middle of agitator from the top downward? however by ur description sounds like maybe u have bad bearing in the hub? the cam dogs in the agitator dont usually make any noise especially when bad they just dont allow the agitator to move or catch the groves to agitate. The grinding could also be coming from something stuck inside the tub or on its outside and thus is hitting the wall lining and makes a screeching scraping sound, Ive seen this several times, a bra wire, or loose coin or key, etc
Most whirlpool washers have a dual action agitator. It sounds like the top part is not working. There are 4 small gears that turn that part of the agitator . Remove the top cap of agitator and replace the dog ears, most appliance parts stores stock them and they are pretty inexpensive. Thanks
yes, sounds like your agitator dogs are broken, four beige teeth inside top of agitator part only roughly 4.99 to 29.99 and labor 65.00 - 95 labor depending were u live and who u use. thank you allbrandsappliancerepair.com
If this a whirlpool brand washer, there are sone parts bad in the agitator it's self. These parts are called dogs and they make the agitator rachet so that the top half only goes one direction. Does this sound like what you are experiencing? If so, let me know and I can assist you further.
It sounds like the agitator dogs are worn. To remove the
agitator, pry off the agitator cap and remove the bolt that holds down the
agitator. With the bolt out pull up on the top section of the
agitator (auger) to remove it. Underneath the auger you should see 4 small white or beige plastic
gears (dogs). . Replace those and it should be ok.
The part number is 80040
Let me know if you need more assistance. Good luck!
if the agitator barely moves, sounds as if yo have a bad set of agitator dogs, part number 80040. if you removeth agitaotr,(7/16 screw) down the center ofthe shaft. yo can removeth efabric softener dispensor by hitting with the palm of hand. after removing the agitator, it can be split in half to reveal hte "agitator dogs" easy repair problalbby about $20 and 30 min tops
Check and see if it spins freely in both directions. If it does, this means that your "dogs" are worn out in the top agitator. This is an easy fix. You just get the new ones (usually 10$ or less), pull the top cover off the agitator, then pull the center cap off inside of the agitator. Then you just remove the center bolt and pull the whole top agitator off. You will see the 4 plastic dogs right on the top of the agitator.
It sounds like the plastic inside the agitator cog are worn. The smell is the plastic cog turning but the agitator not turning.
Take off the top
of the agitator. If any screw are available remove them. If not grab
the agitator from the bottom and yank off. Unscrew the agitator drive
cog and inspect underside of agitator. Go to an appliance repair shop
and reorder a new one. Between $15-30.
There's a part under the agitator(which lifts off if you pull up from the bottom evenly on two sides) called the "Air Bell Coupler" that attaches to a metal toothed motor shaft with one bolt. More than likely the plastic teeth have stripped off from this coupler, preventing it from sitting tightly on the shaft, thus causing the agitator to not "agitate" properly. You can get this from www.partselect.com.
KIT - AGITATOR COUPLING
Cost is $7.15 plus shipping.