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1968 Kenmore washer
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Post# 984411   2/26/2018 at 10:01 (209 days old) by Nelson268 (Longs SC)        

I'm trying to remove the agitator from my 1968 Kenmore washer. I can't get the plastic cap to budge. I would appreciate any help.

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Post# 984417 , Reply# 1   2/26/2018 at 11:04 (209 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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I have no personal experience with this, but have heard others say to try pouring boiling water on it.

Post# 984445 , Reply# 2   2/26/2018 at 15:13 (209 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The cap unscrews.  That's what you're doing, right?  Not just trying to pull it off?

Boiling water is sometimes used to loosen an agitator stuck on the drive shaft (after the cap is off).

Post# 984465 , Reply# 3   2/26/2018 at 17:38 (209 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

I have that washer and the dryer in green.Unscrew the cap and pour unrelenting hot water on the agitator if it wont come off. One trick is to put the washer into dry agitate and stop it so the agitator is in gear and wont move.

Post# 984549 , Reply# 4   2/27/2018 at 07:17 (208 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Stuck Cap And Possibly Agitator

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Unfortunately during this time period agitators and even the threaded agitator caps often got really stuck when they were never removed for many many years.


Boiling water and or a heat gun will work best, as suggested hold the agitator with your foot and unscrew the cap CCW with your hands [ if it is really stuck you may break the brass stud that the cap screws on to ] If so you will have to get another cap and stud and drill out the brass stud from the steel agitator shaft and re-tap the shaft, this is fairly easy to do.


The next problem may be getting the agitator off the agitator shaft, again a heat gun or lots of boiling water [ several gallons poured slowly over the top of the agitator ] You may also be able to use a puller under the column of the agitator to pull it off.


In many cases again you may not be able to get this agitator off in one piece, luckily they can be broken of the shaft very easily and a standard replacement can be used, but you may lose this cool rare agitator.


Note; unless there is a reason that you have to remove the agitator I might leave it alone.


John L.

Post# 984562 , Reply# 5   2/27/2018 at 09:07 (208 days old) by Nelson268 (Longs SC)        

Thanks for the info. I haven't been trying to pry it off. I've been trying to unscrew it. Off to give the tips a try!

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