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How to remove agitator cap on whirlpool. I turn it and it just spins. Does not unthread as expected. Need to replace bearings in spindle.

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If I am not mistaken, the cap will snap off if you apply enough pressure to it. Take a common screwdriver, and gently pry up on the cap. This should loosen it to where it pops off. To put it on, you simply put it in place, and then gently tap it on.

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It sometimes takes a 2 grunt pull to remove the end caps and bearings from the agitator (called the beater bar). I have had to use a flat blade screwdriver to CAREFULLY pry the end caps and bearings from a beater bar. Be careful not to stab your hand with the screwdriver (It HURTS!!!) Once you get the end caps and bearings off, clean the hair and carpet fibers from the ends of the beater bar and bearings and end caps. If the bearings don't turn easily, dribble some rubbing alcohol on them (I use a spray bottle filled with alcohol) and spin them until they spin freely. Dry the bearings until there is no alcohol in them. Put a drop or two of light machine oil in each bearing (3 in 1 oil will do), and spin the bearings to distribute the oil and ensure they spin freely. Now would be a good time to check the vacuum head and hose for clogs. Push the bearings and end caps back on the beater bar and reinstall the beater bar (with a new belt). Reinstall the foot plate, and your machine should run like new

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Whirlpool ultimate care 2 will not spin dry

When the spin mode is on it is important to take an careful test and observation on the motor voltage, speed, the agitator spindle and belt.
If the motor is tripping it can be related to high load or friction in the spindle. Check the bearings.
Also check the capacitor to the motor.

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My whirlpool washer want agitate with clothes in it

Possible that the belt is slipping or the motor is jammed by itself or at the spindle or bearings. Please check manually and see if the agitator moves freely, if not you need to remove and reset unless a lubrication would help at the bearings.
Also check the belt and the motor capacitor.

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I have a whirlpool super heavy duty capacity plus top load washer and during the cycle the spindle does not move.. What part would I need to fix it and how would I go about fixing it??

I suspect the agitator dogs are worn out. Remove the cap or sfotener dispenser, remove the plastic cap under neath and remove the 7/16" bolt. the agitator will then come out. Pull the top part of the agitator straight up with a jerking motion to separate it from the bottom. Replace agitator dogs, you will see how they go in once you get it apart. Part available HERE. They run about $5.00 or less....

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How to disassemble the agitator after removing from the tub. The cam and dawgs need replaced. Agitator top and bottom appear pressed together.

After you remove the cap on top there will be a 7/16 nut. Remove that nut. The whole thing should slide up and off. If you put the agitator on the ground and stand on two sides of the base and give a quick ****, It will seperate. Slide the sleeve away from the dogs and replace them. The top snaps back together, slde back on spindle and replace the 7/16 bolt. Replace cap.

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The upper agitator seems loose and the machine shakes wildly during the spin cycle. Is there a way to tighten this down so that it doesn't shake so much? There is an upper piece for detergent but this is...

This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

This appears to be two different problems:

If the bottom agitates and not the top, the problem is likely the 4 "agitator dogs" designed to allow the top agitator to turn only one way.

Look at the section on the Sears site for Agitator, basket and tub.

See the part "Dog, agitator "

Remove the fabric softener unit, lift the top agitator cap (use a screwdriver) and you should see a plastic part in the center of the top agitator with a 1/2" square drive.

Remove the drive and lift off the top agitator. Turning it over you should see the 4 "dogs", replace these and the top agitator should turn in one direction only.

Replace the 1/2" drive, the cap and fabric softener unit and the top agitator should work.

Also see the following illustrated description of the above.


Vibration during spin:

If you look at the section on "Machine Base Parts" you'll see a number of springs and vibration pads.

It's possible that one or more of the springs or pads has come loose or broken.

In order to get to them you have to remove the cabinet.

Here is a description of how to do it.

Also see the Whirlpool Service Manual for top load washers. It has a troubleshooting section that describes the reasons for excessive walking or vibration.



If it's not the springs or pads, you may consider that the "Agitator Cams" in the transmission are not raising the Agitator Gear high enough (about 1/16" ) when the washer goes into spin mode.

See the description of what the Cams do in the Service Manual.

We had the same problem, excessive vibration and noise during the spin cycle.

In order to solve that problem, :

Assuming that you know how to remove the cabinet, agitator (you don't need to remove the tub), pump, motor and transmission the agitator cam and follower use the same whirlpool part number 62580/01. This is a plastic set used to raise the agitate gear on the shaft.

Pull the transmission.

Remove the clutch (the spring holding the clutch to the spin pinion is a bear to replace.

Remove the 8 transmission screws carefully, the transmission is full (15 oz.) of 80-90 weight oil.

Remove the transmission cover.

Pull off the spin pinion.

Push down on the agitate spring and remove the spring clip. Note where is attaches to the main shaft.

The two plastic agitate cam parts pull right off. Don't lose the washer on top of the cams.

Replace the cams, washer, spring and clip, pinion, oil (assuming you drained the oil first), cover and clutch parts.

Line up the transmission so that the release cam on the brake drum will snap onto the clutch spring retaining clip and put all parts back in the washer.

The basic tools are screwdriver, small socket set with up to a 1/2" socket, vice grips or good pliers (to remove and replace clips)

It sounds a bit complicated but it really isn't too bad and (For a $15 part, saved buying a $170 transmission.)

Following is the Whirlpool parts list for their commercial washers although the consumer models use the same part numbers.

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Generally, at the top of the agitator, there is a plastic cap which will unscrew. This cap covers a large NUT which, when unscrewed, lets the agitator be removed.
However, be aware, the NUT is heavily torqued and a real B**** to remove, especially since the agitator needs to be securely held to prevent movement. Then, the agitator itself needs to be forcibly removed, and a special tool, which looks something like an oversized gear puller, is needed to pull the agitator UP and off the spindle. This spindle goes through a seal and a bearing, and has a pulley on the end which is turned by a belt which also goes around a pulley on the TRANSMISSION, which basically is responsible for 'shifting gears' between the agitate and spin cycles. Good Luck!

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sorry not real solution as I am not familiar with that design but recommend replacing machine.

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No agitation

is this a whirlpool/kenmore top loader if so your drive coupler is broken

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