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Agitator loose - take it out, and there are signs of oil seepage under it. the shaft wiggles when moved by hand - any repair kits?

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Throw it away and buy another, the transmission will need replacement and the parts alone are over 200.00.. Its not something you could replace easily. Requires special tools and is not easy.

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Ge transmission shaft wobbles

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My top loader ge washer fills up with water but does not agitate

Open the loading door, place your hand on top of the agitator and turn clockwise then counter clockwise. If agitator turns freely in both directions and tub sits motionless either your agitator or the coupling that holds it to the transmission will need replaced. Usually it is the coupling but it's easy to tell by removing the agitator and performing same turning procedure on it. If it spins freely it is no good.

To remove the agitator firmly grasp the neck of it with both hands and yank straight up. Inspect the inside of the agitator, the ribs inside can take quite a beating but once they are badly flattened or in some cases nearly completely shaved away then it will have to be replaced. Last I knew this was the style GE now recommends for that machine: WH43X139 . If you see signs of oil say, "Uh-oh." But continue anyway all is not lost.

Next you need to see if the coupler will spin (the most likely cause.) If it spins freely say, "Yea!" because that's one of the cheapest easiest repairs on this machine. That should be a 7/16 bolt that will need to be removed. I use a 1/4" ratchet and socket (No extension) or box end wrench and they usually give no trouble. But they are usually rusty so don't mess around with it. With your right hand apply firm downward pressure on top of the ratchet with the handle at nine oclock. Give it a nice firm bump with your left hand and it should break loose and usually spins right out. If it crumbles under the socket you'll have to use vice grips; no worries, a new bolt will come with part: WH49X10042. With nothing to hold it the coupling will slide right off. If removing because it spun, toss it in the trash, it is not recyclable.

Now you can see the top of your washer's transmission--remember the "Uh-oh?" If you saw a dark film of oil it came from here. But even if you didn't see oil reach down and grasp the splined part and see if it will wiggle back and forth. There should be no wiggle. If you look at the spline part you will see it goes into a slightly larger shaft. Right where it goes in there is a gasket that is not replaceable. If there is oil around it, or if you can see a gap in it, or if the spliny part wiggles side to side the transmission is shot. You can buy them NEW on ebay for $150 and less usually. Part number is: WH38X10002. It is not an easy job but if you've got tools and patience there is no reason i couldn't walk you through it.

But let's say your transmission looks fine and you just want to put that coupler back on and be done with it. Before replacing the coupler it is very important to clean the splines (little grooves) of the part it fits over really well. Each groove will have a plastic spline from the old coupler embedded in it. A wire brush or pocket screwdriver works well; they come out easy just make sure you get them all. Once you are satisfied the splines are nice and clean cover them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Place the new coupler on top and give it a twist to feel the splines line up then push down to seat it. Sometimes they seat pretty easy, sometimes not. Sometimes you have to screw in the bolt to get it that last little bit. I've even had to use a succession of longer to shorter bolts to seat them. Regardless, the cleaner you get the splines on the transmission the easier it will be to seat the coupler into place. Tighten the bolt by reversing the procedure to loosen. Place left hand firmly over the ratchet or wrench with handle at three oclock and snug it up then bump it good and hard with your right hand a couple of times. Clean any debris on the bottom of the tub now. Then pick up the agitator and place it over the coupler, but first notice the coupler has twin grooves evenly spaced along it's sides. Likewise the agitator has ridges that fit into the grooves of the coupler. Under each fin of the agitator is a set of ridges, so line a fin of the agitator up with the grooves of the coupler and try to seat the agitator. You will meet resistance if they aren't lined up so just keep trying it will practically fall into place when it's right. You will know when it is seated properly but give it a slight tug upwards just to verify, if it stays in place you are done.

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I am seeing a line of **** at the top of the drum even if I use bleach on my whites they are turning brown my dark colors have gray color **** on them is the washer too old?

There is a shaft seal under the agitator that may be leaking greasey oil.If your aagitator wiggles at the top .Or take off the agitator and look

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GE washer model WJRE555OH1WW - agitator free-wheels.

First make sure the inner part of the agitator is not brocken.

Remove the soap cap from the top of the agitator and with a torch, look down into the shaft. There is normally a nut which secures the agitator to the gearbox shaft. If the plastic around the nut is broken then the agitator moves freely.

There may not be a problem with your gear box, then and relatively cheap to replace agitator.


Oct 22, 2009 | GE Washing Machines

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Top part of agitator is loose and wobbles and

These are called "dogs" and they are replaceable and do not cost much. Basically, they keep the agitator locked in position when the shaft moves in an oppisite direction so the agitator can step forward.

They should be fairly simple to remove with a phillips screwdriver or a 1-4 in nut driver. take them to a reputable appliance parts store and they will be able to sell you replacements.

These are made to wear out and be replaced so the agitator itself doesnt wear, which is a whole different story to replace. Left-handed shaft screw. Undo it in a clockwise direction and slide the agitator off the shaft if you find that replacing the dogs does not work.

Oct 01, 2009 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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You need to get an agitator repair kit from the appliance parts store. Number ap3138838 This has a new thurst washer that will fix the loose upper agitator. Remave cap under fabric dispenser, it pulls up and you will see bolt. This kit also has cam parts to repair the worn ones on upper agitator too. Take model number to the store with you.

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Drive shaft broken on conia top loader washer

The following advice is for replacing the "Agitator Dogs" on Kenmore and Whirlpool TOP LOADER style washing machines. This simple repair can save you a fortune in repair costs as the replacement parts are very inexpensive at a cost of less than $10. The replacement kit part number is 80040. You can order on line at various appliance parts websites, or use this part number and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer.

What are "Agitator Dogs"? These are small plastic pieces (usually 4) that are located under the agitator center cap that grip the agitator and turn it during the wash cycle. They can (and do) wear out dependent upon the use of the washer. If you are in the habit of doing large load sizes frequently, or wash large items such blankets or afghans, this can wear the teeth off and reduce the life of the agitator dogs.

SYMPTOMS REQURING REPLACEMENT: The agitator fails to turn during the wash cycle, or will not turn with a heavy load. The timer will run normally through all cycles, and you will be able to hear the gearcase (transmission) engage and run. The washer will also drain normally. The only indication that something is wrong will be the agitator slipping or not turning at all. The result will be clothes that do not wash properly and will sit on the bottom of the wash tub.

To replace the Agitator Dogs, follow these steps:

1.Remove the agitator center cap by either pulling straight up or gently placing a flat blade screwdriver into a slot located in the cap.
2.If the agitator is equipped with an inner cap with a handle, remove this as well by pulling straight up.
3.Remove the center bolt of the agitator. You will have either a 7/16" hex bolt or a recessed square plastic nut. If you have the square recessed type, use a 3/8" to ½" ratchet adapter to remove.
4.Remove the agitator by grasping the bottom flange and carefully pulling straight up. Try to keep all the parts assembled while doing this, so do not pull too hard. This will make this repair much easier.
5.Place your hand over the top of the agitator and separate the upper portion of the agitator from the lower portion and turn the top half over in your hand. The agitator dog assembly will come out in your hand.
6.With the agitator dog assembly in your hand, lay the rest of the agitator aside. Pay careful attention to how the dogs are installed. Remove the worn dogs and reinstall new ones. It's that simple.
7.With all the dogs replaced and the assembly still in your hand, place the upper part of the agitator over the top of it, upside down, ensuring the inner assembly tabs align correctly.
8.Now keep your hand over the agitator top to hold all the pieces together and turn the entire assembly over (upright position).
9.Carefully align and reinsert the upper portion of the agitator to the lower portion. Again, making sure the two pieces align correctly.
10.Place the entire agitator assembly back on the gearcase shaft and reinstall center nut. NOTE: DO NOT over tighten the nut, or the agitator will not spin correctly. Just make the nut snug. Reinstall center cap and inner cap (if equipped).

These instructions should give you the basics on how to perform this repair. Since there are various agitator types in use by Whirlpool and Kenmore, assembly can vary.

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Washer agitator won't agitate

Look at the center. can you pull the agitator up and out of the tub? You can try it with the motor running but don't grab it too snugly. Try and push it up and down while running. If it seems to try and move there used to be a rubber spindle on the trans shaft under the agitator that would become separated. I don't know if yours has one or not but the agitators were a bugger to remove usually because of the corrosion that happens. A special tool that was an air bladder used to fit under the agitator and you'd blow it up like and inner tube and pop it off. If you get the agitator off you try to get it to agitate and if you cant stop it by hand your at the problem either you'll see it obviously or it will come apart inside the agitator.

Mar 11, 2009 | GE WBSR3140DW Top Load Washer

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Washer fills and spins but does not agitate

Im sorry to say, it sounds like the transmission in the washer may have gone out, the unit it self sits at the bottem of the main agitator shaft under the the tub, you may be able to have this replaced, but shop around for the right price.

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