Question about Frigidaire Washing Machines
Hi. The agitator is fastened to the agitator shaft and its movement is driven either by splines or a simple clutch assembly, which is removable as well. The splines are usually plastic or rubber nubs on a cylinder that fits over the agitator shaft. If the nubs wear down, the shaft will not turn properly or it will turn weakly. If the agitator is moving in only one direction, the likely cause is the clutch assembly. The clutch has dogs that depress and pop up with each turn. If those dogs are worn, they will not engage properly and the agitator will turn only in one direction.
Various makes and models differ in how the agitator is removed. In some newer models, the agitator just lifts straight up and out. However, in most models you will have to preform a combination of the following steps. First remove the fabric softener dispenser, if any. It should either lift or screw off. Next remove the cap. It may lift off, screw off or failing that, it may need to be pried off.
Beneath the cap some agitators are secured in place by a bolt. Use a socket wrench with an extension to remove that bolt. Some Maytags may have a screw near to the bottom of the agitator post that must be removed. Now try to lift the agitator straight up, possibly with a little back and forth rocking motion. Use caution when pulling, the agitator may come loose suddenly and hit you in the face or send you flying backward.
If the agitator is particularly stubborn, you can loop some rope under one side of the agitator at the bottom and then up over a broom handle. Now loop it again under the other side of the agitator and back up to the broom. Brace one end of the broom handle or something of this nature against the top of the washer and lift up on the other end. Double check that you have removed anything that may be securing the agitator in place. Do not use too much force or you may damage the washer cabinet, agitator or injure yourself.
Posted on Apr 23, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
remove the top of the agitator by pulling hard at a 45 degree angle toward yourself, grab the plastic piece you see inside with a pliers and pull it straight out, use a 1/2 inch socket with extension remove the 1/2 inch bolt and lift entire assy straight out.
Posted on Apr 07, 2009
Pull the fabric softener dispenser off the agitator, reach down and pull off the white cover (has 2 ears on it), then remove the bolt holding the agitator to the shaft. It then lifts off.
Posted on Jan 29, 2010
The impeller has a friction fit after the bolt and washer has been removed. The dis-assembly diagram is available online at:
You might get the impeller to release if you thread the bolt back in without completely tightening it and then use a wooden (or hard rubber) mallet to strike the bolt to push down on the hub basket drive assembly. Use a deep socket if you need to get better purchase. DO NOT use a metal hammer. A pulley puller may be needed to be used to remove the impeller. Write back if you need further help. -- SWT
Posted on Aug 22, 2010
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