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Maytag LAT8824AAE rinse and spin but won't agitate

I have checked the lid switch and the water level (pressure) switch; both are in working order. I have "checked" the contacts in the timer the best I could and they all seem to have good contacts; however, since I could not open this unit to see if the inside contacts are good. Since it is a mechanical contact and the timer motor itself works, I wonder if I should change the entire timer (unit) at a cost of $120.00+.

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Did you check to see if you had power coming to the motor during agitate cycle? Use the wiring schematic to check 120V or at least a voltage detector. If you do, then the timer is ok and may be the transmission.Maytag LAT8824AAE rinse and spin but won't agitate - b663148.jpg

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