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Washing machine my washer will only agitate with only very small loads. the dogs are wore out. what is the most simple way to fix it. i have seen several repair parts for this.

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If you are talking about a simple issue of the agitator not turning, replacing the agitator dogs would be the simplest and least expensive option to try first. A pack of four of them usually costs about $5. You can find them at searspartsdirect.com. Type in your model number and look under the Agitator Parts section. Let me know if you need instructions on how to replace them. Please post your complete model number if you require further assistance. That way I can get a perspective of which agitator type you have.

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