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How do you remove the agitator on a Maytag Dependable Care Washer?

The hole that the fabric softner runs down thru the agitator is plugged. I would like to remove agitator and clean.

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  • anataia Oct 25, 2008

    my washing is always full of lint. i have a maytag performa

  • lulai Nov 24, 2008

    I have Maytag Perfoma (model#PAVT234AWW), and same problem.

    However, I couldn't find any area that I could take the agitator out. Please help me on this.

    Thank you,



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If this is a Maytag Performa or Atlantis model all you have to do is remove the center cap on the agitator by pulling on it and locate the agitator bolt underneath. Loosen the bolt, and the agitator should pull straight up.

If this is a Maytag Dependable Care series there will be 1/4 inch screw along the side of the agitator towards the bottom. Remove this screw and the agitator will pull straight up.

I hope this helps you.

PS If the problem is due to the build up of fabric softener, soak in some hot water to loosen it up. Fabric softener is essentially a form of liquid wax and it is common for it to accumulate and clog the dispenser in this manner. Periodic cleaning is recommended.

Posted on Aug 09, 2008

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There is a little nut on the side of the agitator near the bottom. If you take it out the agitator slides right off.

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