by Jeff | Feb 22, 2019 | Kenmore Direct Drive Washer Repair, Kenmore/Whirlpool washer repair
If your top load Kenmore washer will not agitate, it might be that the directional cogs or “dogs” are worn out. This is a common problem with the agitator.
If you take your hands and rotate the agitator in the washer’s tub, it should only go in one direction. It will ratchet to the right, stop and ratchet to the right again, it should not spin freely. If the agitator is not functioning properly then it’s time to install a new set of agitator directional cogs because they are probably worn out.
Using a 1/4″ or 3/8″ socket set, and some needle nose pliers begin by removing the fabric softener cup, just pull up on it until it pops off of the agitator. Next, remove the inner cap and seal inside of the agitator using your needle nose pliers. Using a 7/16″ socket and ratchet, remove the bolt in the center of the agitator.
Separate the barrel of the agitator from the base by simply pulling up on the barrel. You will now have access to the cam and dog assembly inside.
Remove the black retainer from around the cam, lift the directional cogs out (taking notice of how they fit into the cam,) replace them with the new ones. Now slide the retainer back on until it clicks.
Reinsert the cam back into the top of the agitator barrel and reinsert the 7/16″ bolt into the center of the agitator. Replace the cap and gasket assembly pressing on it firmly until it snaps into place. Next, replace the fabric softener dispenser.
Now you can test your repair out by lifting up on the top of the agitator with both hands and giving it a twist in both directions. The agitator should be catching now, it will only catch as it goes to the left, (counterclockwise) it will not catch as it turns to the right, (clockwise.)
by Jeff | Jan 3, 2019 | Kenmore Direct Drive Washer Repair, Kenmore/Whirlpool washer repair, washing machine replacement parts, Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer Repair
Repair tips for direct drive washers, Kenmore/Whirlpool washer troubleshooting, diagnostic advice and helpful hints. Common washer problems and easy fixes.
Helpful hints and diagnostic advice and
troubleshooting suggestions for the do – it – yourselfer.
See photos of some common Whirlpool and Kenmore washer repair techniques.
Some of the general diagnostic tips presented below may also apply to your
GE, Maytag, Amana and Magic Chef washing machines.
Kenmore Washer Repair
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See photos of repair techniques below with helpful hints
and repair advice for the most common part problems you might have
with your direct drive Whirlpool / Kenmore clothes washer.
The diagnostic help out lined below is intended to be used only by professional appliance repair technicians.
If you are attempting to repair your clothes washer yourself, be aware that you are working with potential dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious injury or death. Be aware that appliance parts have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious injury or death.
Always remove the power source from the unit you are working on. Unplug it! When unplugging or removing power source, double check to make sure you removed the proper cord or turned off the proper breaker when tightening part, make sure that if the tool you are working with or your hand slips, you will not be injured by sharp or ragged edges.
Keep children and pets away from working area and disassembled washer parts. Be aware that there are other hazards involved in appliance repair, besides those listed above that may cause serious injury or death. Use extreme caution when installing or removing parts.