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Post# 1016542   12/2/2018 at 14:33 (228 days old) by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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My Kenmore TL Washer’s dogs are barkin’ up a storm and need to go for a walk!
So I pop the cap expecting a 7/16” bolt and instead see what you see in the photo...has someone snapped the bolt head off? If so what might you recommend as plan B? If not what is wrong with this picture?

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Post# 1016543 , Reply# 1   12/2/2018 at 14:43 (228 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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This looks like a mechanical, nonelectronic control Catalyst.

Post# 1016545 , Reply# 2   12/2/2018 at 14:57 (228 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Nothing wrong with it.  Use a square-drive ratchet and extension without a socket on it (or break-over wrench) of whatever is the appropriate size (I don't recall, 1/2"?) to unscrew the hold-down nut.  The threaded end of it screws onto the top of the agitator nut.

It has dispensers but it's not a catalyst, no drain/recirculate valve per the parts diagram.  The agitator is a triple-action.  There's a spring involved that allows the auger to lift upwards and press down on a super-large/heavy load.

Post# 1016546 , Reply# 3   12/2/2018 at 15:04 (228 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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what you got there is a TRIPLE action agitator…..its spring loaded, to move up and down, as well as in the normal spiral motion...

you have to use a really wide flat blade screwdriver, or if I am correct, a 3/4 drive socket extension to unscrew that plastic piece....which will give you access to the bolt underneath, which will have threads on both sides....sometimes it will release from the bolt, other times the bolt will come with it....

sometimes you can maneuver needle nose pliers down inside there against the corners to unscrew...little tricks we come across

there were several designs of this type.....

in any case, the dogs are the same through out all the designs, clean it up inside, and apply a bit of Vaseline to all the parts, then reassemble....

any issues, let us know....

Post# 1016550 , Reply# 4   12/2/2018 at 15:43 (228 days old) by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Thank you!
I feel better already.
I will let you know when I get-err-dun.

Post# 1017295 , Reply# 5   12/8/2018 at 01:49 (223 days old) by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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I did it. The old ones looked like worn rotten teeth, nasty! I used a socket drive handle as a 12” drive. It was not that tight so it worked. watched a youtube video and popped off the retainer ring, swapped ‘em out and i was done.
Then i loaded the washer up and delivered to someone whose pos recent vintage Whirlpool TL machine with the line of little lights below the center know the ones that always break?! Well it broke and they were fed up with HE electronics etc...and the dead washer on the curb watched as some old sckool cool wheeled past into the house.

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