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Re: Can't remove center bolt to get off agitator. Bolt...
Even holding on the the agtitaor the bolt is just spinning around???? that shouldnt be. trry really taking hold of the agitator and give a good qick snap on that bolt, its actually the top of the transmission that its screwed into
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chances are the 5d error code you see is actually sd. it is supposed to signal excessive suds in the water but it seems to show at other times as well. but regardless of the code and depending on you mechanical abilities, remove the center cap on top of the agitator, remove the bolt and remove the agitator. some force may be needed to get the agitator off the shaft, keep equal pressure 180 degrees apart and work around the base lifting the agitator, gently rock the agitator as you lift. when it comes off take the screws from the gear hub assy out, probably six screws. when the cap is lifted off you should find a small gear, pull it off the shaft, clean and look at the teeth inside. if worn, get replacement part. put back together and run a rinse and spin cycle or similar to see if it spins . hopefully it will solve your problem.
Depending on the brand of washing machine, the agitator may be a single piece unit or a two piece dual action agitator. If the single piece agitator or the lower portion of a dual agitator does not oscillate back and forth during the wash cycle, or if the agitator can be turned on the transmission shaft, then the spline may be damaged and the agitator may need to be replaced. Most agitators are held in place with a bolt that threads into the top of the transmission shaft and is located below the softener dispenser or top cover. Some models use a small set screw in the barrel of the agitator just above the base to secure the agitator to the shaft, while some will use a rubber o-ring to provide a tight fit. When the retaining device is removed you should be able to lift the agitator from the shaft.
you will need to remove your agitator. There should be a bolt on the top center of the agitator. you will need to remove the top of agitator or the cap to get to this bolt. once you loosen this bolt the hole agitator shold pull straight up.
Now you should see the long shaft in the center. Follow that shaft from the top down to the area where the shaft disappers and ther is a big round nut with 4 notches spaced evenly. This is call the spanner nut and you should use a spanner rench to tighten it with a small sleg or hammer ( a couple of good wacks should do. ) I know you probably do not have this tool, but at least you can verify that this is your problem. your spanner nut may be loose. this nut holds your inner tub down to the block. here is the break down
I'll assume that this is a standard direct drive, top loading washer. Try manually turning the agitator counter-clockwise, it should catch. if the top of the agitator spins freely, you will need to replace the agitator dogs. Part#80040 Just remove the agitator cap, (or softener dispenser) and remove the inner cap and seal. There should be a 7/16th bolt that holds the agitator onto the tranny shaft. Remove bolt and pull the agitator up from the base. Once you have the dogs, you'll see where to go from there, it's hard to explain on a post, but is actually rather simple to perform. The doga are what catches back against the grain to create the agitating action. Hopefully that's all it is.
Pop the fabric softner dispenser off the top of the agitator, pull the round plastic piece in the agitator out, the you will see a bolt through the center, remove the bolt and the agitator will slide out
You need to get an agitator repair kit. Remove the cap on the agitator. Some have a second inside plastic cover/cap. You will need a long extension and rachet and 1/2" socket to remove the hold down bolt. Remove and replace the parts with the kit parts. Replace the cover. 10 minute repair... online kit is about $13.00.
suppose to not spin unitl the lid is closed( safety reasons) the reason for the "weak agitation " is a bad set of agitator dogs. by removing the center fabric softener cup, you can get to and unscrew the center shaft bolt7/16. after removing the bolt, the agitaor will remove and the agitator dogs canbe replaced. part number 80040.youll need to split the agitator top and bottom to insall them . they simply slide into place.
i think that the agatator may have a screw in the side of it nearer the bottom stem if so slacken off and pull ajatator off main shaft
if no screw just pull agatator off
sometimes takes a bit to get off
do not turn machine upside down