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Amana speedqueen washer not agitating
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Post# 1013798   11/8/2018 at 18:44 (252 days old) by jeffb (Lexington, KY)        

Hello! Our faithful washer (about16 years old) suddenly won't agitate. It will fill , drain and spin. The motor will spin the other direction for agitate but the belt doesn't move. Stuck transmission? Can these transmissions be taken apart and repaired? Model#ALW880Q

Post# 1013802 , Reply# 1   11/8/2018 at 20:29 (252 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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It is a lot of WORK [ and money ] to repair if it needs a transmission and that is not even considering trying to fix the old locked up transmission.


If you want another similar type washer look for a used WP-KM DD washer and fix it instead.


John L.

Post# 1013810 , Reply# 2   11/8/2018 at 21:08 (252 days old) by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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16 years is really impressive for one of those.  How many belts did it chew up?  If it was like the one we had for nine years (ours was a '97), my guess would be three or four of them.


I would junk the machine and go buy some Lotto tickets. 


Anything you buy as a replacement, vintage or new, will rinse better than your Amana ever did.



Post# 1013875 , Reply# 3   11/9/2018 at 05:53 (252 days old) by jeffb (Lexington, KY)        

Thanks guys! It's been a great washer, and yes, I've put two belts on it so far😅 I've actually had it apart before to put a new tub seal in, so I know how big a job it is. Is it possible that it's a bearing? Even though it will still spin?. If we buy a new one what would you recommend? I've read the bad news about the new Speed Queens.

Post# 1013905 , Reply# 4   11/9/2018 at 13:59 (251 days old) by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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Yes, stay away from the new SQ machines (apologies to the grand total of one member here who thinks otherwise).


You can comb through CL and try to find a 2017 or older SQ if you like the long stroke agitation.  Nothing else on the market currently will provide that.  Nothing.


Prepare to be advised that Whirlpool-sourced direct drive is your best option.  I don't care for DD machines due to their short stroke agitation and annoying thumping. 

Post# 1014024 , Reply# 5   11/10/2018 at 12:48 (250 days old) by jeffb (Lexington, KY)        

Could someone please explain how the braking mechanism works? Are the "pads" supposed to be tight inside this groove?

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Post# 1014030 , Reply# 6   11/10/2018 at 14:23 (250 days old) by jeffb (Lexington, KY)        

Ok, please disregard the brake question above, I figured that out. And I found the culprit inside the gearbox. The teeth are wiped out on this piece. Of course the question now is, will it be possible to find one?

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Post# 1014046 , Reply# 7   11/10/2018 at 15:53 (250 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

EBay??? Maybe someone on here will know.

Post# 1014047 , Reply# 8   11/10/2018 at 15:56 (250 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

You have to buy an entire transmission, Iíve never seen those for sale individual

Post# 1014126 , Reply# 9   11/11/2018 at 13:36 (249 days old) by washman (o)        

search online, the tranny unit is available and unless you are against it, I would get one, replace the broken one and have a washer that cleans properly.

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