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Washer is about 11 years old. Agitator is a 2-piece unit, and it recently developed a problem. It seems that the upper half of the agitator "ratchets," when there's a heavy load in it. Never did it before. Bottom of agitator works fine, but it won't wash up to capacity anymore. Is something loose that needs tobe tightened? Is this a simple fix, or am I looking at major repair costs? Can I fix this myself, as I'm mechanically inclined. Just never worked on appliances before.

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Good day,
Not a serious problem. The agitator is a split model. The parts that failed are called by Whirlpool "dogs". They come 4 to a kit and are quite inexpensive. Ordinary hand tools with a ratchet with a long extension are all that are needed.
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