|If your Top Load Washer Does Not Agitate Properly Check The Following|
First you will need to identify if you have a direct drive type or a belt drive.
If you have belts under your machine when you lean it back it is a belt drive, if not it is a direct drive.
There are 2 basic agitator types with a little difference among them.
The 2 piece Agitator and the single piece Agitator.
Agitator Dogs / Agitator Cogs
The “Agitator Dogs” or “Agitator Cogs” are in the 2 piece type of Agitator only.
These wear out over time. They also break and can cause noise. To inspect and replace the “agitator dogs” or “Agitator Cogs” follow video.
Agitator Coupling / Spline
The other type depending on age of your machine use a spline.
Newer GE types have a coupling that gets stripped out and the older GE type has a spline directly on the agitator that gets stripped out.
You will need to remove the agitator.
The Agitator on a GE Washer usually pulls right out. This can take some force.
I usually reach inside get my fingers underneath the Agitator and Jerk up. This will give you access to the bolt that holds the agitator down. Remove the bolt, then place your fingers under the agitator and pull up.
Slidding a belt under the agitator can also work i suppose. Once off you will see if it is stripped or not by twisting the agitator cup by hand.
If your washer is a belt drive type make sure the belt is tight. Check for black soot from belt wear.
Replace if it has excessive wear, cracks or its broken.
This is a common problem with direct drive washing machines but inexpensive and easy to replace.
The Motor Coupler transfers power from the motor to the transmission. It sits in between the washer motor and the washers transmission.
The following video will walk you through the replacement of the Motor Coupler.
The transmission does not usually fail that often.
To check this on a direct drive washer remove the motor and then turn tub inside. If it spins freely with no noise the problem is elsewhere.
If it is noisy it needs replacing this is expensive and depending on the age of your machine you may not want to replace it.
On a belt drive remove the belts and spin tub and listen for clacking or clanking noise as it rotates.