Servicing the Tub and Agitator
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.Replace a damaged agitator
with a new one of the same type.
Unscrew the cap on top of the
agitator and pull straight up;
the agitator should lift off.
washing machine tub, or basket, generally doesn't cause problems.
However, at times it may cause damage to the laundry, make a lot of
noise, vibrate, or stop completely.
If laundry is torn during
the wash cycle, feel around the tub. If you find a rough spot, you may
be able to smooth it with an emery board. Sand the spot lightly. If
this doesn't work -- or if you have to cut to bare metal to remove the
roughness -- the tub should be replaced. In this case, it's probably
much wiser to replace the entire washer.
The agitator -- the
finned part that fits on the tub shaft -- can also tear laundry if the
fins are cracked or broken. You may be able to solve the problem
temporarily by pinching off the splinters with pliers and lightly
filing the plastic smooth, but this is just a stopgap measure; the
agitator should be replaced. Replace a damaged agitator with a new one
of the same type. To do this, unscrew the cap on top of the agitator.
With the cap off, pull straight up on the agitator; it should lift off.
If it doesn't move, rap its side with a hammer. If it still won't lift
off, drive wedges under the bottom rim of the agitator to dislodge it.
Then set the new agitator into place and replace the agitator cap.
to the snubber, a padlike device sometimes located under the agitator
cap, can cause the machine to vibrate excessively. The snubber may have
a suspension spring in it. Lift off the agitator cap and examine the
snubber. If the spring is broken, or if the pad is visibly worn,
replace the entire snubber. Snubbers might also be found at the splash
guard at the top of the tub, under the transmission, or as part of the
water pump housing. Look around until you see it.
If the machine
doesn't have a snubber, listen for noise at the suspension unit between
the tub and the machine cabinet. The suspension unit has fins or pads
that may need replacement. In some cases, the entire unit may have to
be replaced. Another noise point is the basket support nut. Tighten the
nut or, if you can't tighten it, replace it.
Sudden tub stops
can be caused by a broken motor belt, but they are usually due to poor
tub loading. Check to see if wet laundry is wadded around the bottom of
the tub shaft, or under the basket or agitator assembly. Remove the
basket or agitator in order to remove the laundry easily.
will conclude our tour of the washing machine on the next page with
tips for servicing the water pump, the belts and pulleys, and the motor.
Servicing Water-Related Problems, Belts, Pulleys, and the Motor
On this page we will explore some of the more mechanical parts of a washing machine
like belts, pulleys and the motor. First, we have some tips for water