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The agitator on this machine only goes 1 way instead of back and forth. Does this indicate a transmission problem, or does the machine have a wash cycle where the agitator is supposed to go only 1 way, such as ''delicate'' cycle? There is no noise coming from the transmission and it goes into the spin cycle just as if everything is all right. The machine is labeled as Westinghouse, but all online posts indicate that it is a Frigidaire model #. The machine is about 15 years old.

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HI. The internal components that make up the agitator should be inspected for damage.

The agitator is fastened to the agitator shaft and its movement are driven either by splines or a simple clutch assembly. 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 culprit 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.

If possible, could you post the entire model number? This will allow me to pull up the necessary schematics and part numbers. Post the model number, asap.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

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  • denmanlach Jul 15, 2010

    Hi localworker......very detailed answer, thanks.



    I'm doing this for my brother and he tells me that the model number is MWX433REW1



    Hope this helps.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jul 15, 2010

    Thanks; One moment please..

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    Michael Masters Jul 15, 2010

    OK, your unit is quite different. This is a clutch-less system(non-dual action agitator). This will be a more expensive fix, in this case. The agitator shaft of the transmission(gear case) is connected to the agitator. When the pulley of the transmission is turned clockwise, the gears inside the transmission cause the shaft to oscillate back and fourth. Simultaneously, the one-way bearing located at the base of the transmission, locks to prevent turning of the transmission and spin basket. The spin basket is fastened to the spin shaft of the transmission. When the pulley on the transmission is turned counter clockwise, a small spring inside the transmission tightens around the input shaft, thus, causing the transmission and spin basket to turn. Simultaneously, the one way bearing located at the base of the transmission slips to allow turning of the transmission and spin basket. Some how, that spring and one way bearing have failed. The spring in the gear case seems to be ok, but the bearing may be stripped or damaged. The one way bearing is the only part that cannot be replaced. Due to this inconvenience, you will need to replace the entire gear case. The reason for no trouble noises will be because all the gears are ok, this is a one way bearing issue. If this was a simple gear issue, it would be an easy fix, due to the fact that every gear is replaceable. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

    The necessary actions are to replace the entire gear case(transmission). The part number will be 5308057580R. Click on the part number to purchase.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jul 15, 2010

    Here is a cutaway of the gear assembly. All the gear and rod shaft part's you see are replaceable, but those replaceable parts are not your problem. The one way bearing located at the base of the transmission is what is causing the disruption in the assembly;Not allowing the agitator to free flow or oscillate. It is stuck, thus, not allowing the the oscillating motion. Possibly jammed, due the damage to its structure. The spin out will function correctly, but the agitation will only be in one direction.

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