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Whirlpool Washer Won't Agitate

WTW5530SQ0

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer won't agitate are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Washer won't agitate

Cause 1Agitator Repair Kit

If the washer won't agitate, replacing the agitator repair kit may solve the problem. The kit contains the agitator components that are most likely to wear out and/or fail. If any of the parts are worn out, stripped, or damaged, replace the kit.

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Agitator Repair Kit for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Agitator Repair Kit - Part # 2837 Mfg Part # 285751

Washing machine agitator repair kit. Includes agitator cam and 4 directional cogs (also called dog ears). If the upper section of the agitator isn't turning properly, then the agitator cam and dog ears are likely worn-out and require replacement.

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Cause 2Agitator Repair Kit

If the washer won't agitate, replacing the agitator repair kit may solve the problem. The kit contains the agitator components that are most likely to wear out and/or fail. If any of the parts are worn out, stripped, or damaged, replace the kit.

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Agitator Repair Kit for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Agitator Repair Kit - Part # 470910 Mfg Part # 285809

Washing Machine agitator repair kit. Includes short cam. The teeth on the dog ears often wear out and cause the top of the agitator not to work properly.

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Cause 3Drive Block or Bell

The drive block connects the washer transmission to the agitator. If the drive block is worn out, the transmission shaft will still move back and forth, but the agitator will only move slightly or will not move at all. Inspect the drive block for damage. If the drive block is worn out, stripped, or damaged, replace it.

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Drive Block or Bell for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Block or Bell - Part # 2858 Mfg Part # WP389140

Washer drive block for inner tub. A worn drive block may cause the washer to spin slowly, causing the clothes to be soaked at the end of the cycle. The washer may also make a loud knocking noise at the beginning of the spin cycle.

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Cause 4Motor Coupling

The motor coupling connects the motor to the washer transmission. If the washer is overloaded, the motor coupling will fail in order to protect both the motor and transmission. The motor coupling can also fail due to normal wear. Inspect the motor coupling to determine if it is broken. If the motor coupling is broken, replace it.

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Motor Coupling for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Motor Coupling - Part # 1195967 Mfg Part # 285753A

Washer drive motor coupler. New style with metal sleeves for added strength. This version replaces all previous motor coupler styles and versions. For direct drive washing machines. Common symptom of failed coupler is washer will fill, not agitate or spin but will drain the water from the tub.

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Cause 5Drive Motor

The drive motor might be defective. However, the drive motor is rarely at fault for this symptom. Before replacing the drive motor, first check all of the more commonly defective washer components. If none of those components are defective, consider replacing the drive motor. To determine if the drive motor is defective, first ensure that the motor is getting power. If the drive motor hums but doesn’t run, is noisy, or does not turn freely, replace it.

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Drive Motor for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Drive Motor - Part # 675936 Mfg Part # WP661600

Washing machine drive motor, 2 speed. If your drive motor is defective, the washer won't spin, agitate, or drain.

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Cause 6Lower Agitator

The lower agitator might be damaged or stripped away where it connects to the drive system inside. To determine if the lower agitator is stripped inside remove it from the washer and inspect for damage or wear.

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Lower Agitator for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Lower Agitator - Part # 547649 Mfg Part # WP3951632
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Cause 7Upper Agitator

The upper agitator might be damaged or stripped out at the lower agitator connection point. Inspect the agitator for damage or wear around the connection point.

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Upper Agitator for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Upper Agitator - Part # 2654 Mfg Part # WP3363003

Upper agitator assembly

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Cause 8Agitator Assembly

The agitator might be damaged or stripped away where it connects to the drive system inside. To determine if the agitator is stripped inside remove it from the washer and inspect for damage or wear.

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Agitator Assembly for your WhirlpoolWashing Machine
Agitator Assembly - Part # 547657 Mfg Part # WP3951744

Washing machine agitator assembly. If the washer does not agitate, the agitator might be damaged or stripped away at the point where it connects to the drive system.

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