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Loose Whirlpool Agitator-Super Capacity 7 cycle
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Post# 1037844   7/11/2019 at 09:20 by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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My niece reports to me that our Whirlpool agitator is slipping. If I push down on the agitator, it works as it should. See video. What needs to be tightened to fix this please. I removed the cap on the agitator and removed another cap inside to see a hex that the culprit that needs tightening? I don't have any tools for the moment. Thank you anyone for some guidance.

Post# 1037850 , Reply# 1   7/11/2019 at 10:20 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

The agitator dogs need to be replaced. Whirlpool part number 80040. I have found through many years of experience that the genuine oem dogs are the best way to go. There are many aftermarket ones these days. This I a pretty simple repair and Iím sure there are many YouTube videos to help.

Post# 1037914 , Reply# 2   7/11/2019 at 18:14 by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Agitator dogs

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Ok! I'll check it out and get these old dogs replaced. Being on vacation, you know something happens that interrupts the relax mode. I know bench dogs but I'm unfamiliar with washer dogs. Thank you so much Melvin!

Update: It's an incredibly easy fix and not at all expensive.

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Post# 1038188 , Reply# 3   7/14/2019 at 10:55 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

If the dogs failed it is because the machine is being overloaded which causes the dogs to shred.I see this everyday at the company I work for.The water level may also be too low.Most likely someone is being a bonehead with the machine

Post# 1038195 , Reply# 4   7/14/2019 at 11:46 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
WP Agitator Dog Failures

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The plastic cams deteriorate for many reasons and overloading is probably the LEAST likely reason they fail, WP DD washers are designed to wash really heavy large loads, on a properly loaded machine the clothing should come out of the water a little as the load turns over.


Its mostly a matter of time and the number of loads washed, so actually under loading [ which is far more common than over loading ] and washing many extra loads a month will cause the ADs to fail much sooner.


John L.

Post# 1038224 , Reply# 5   7/14/2019 at 15:34 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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So glad to read you got it fixed Phil, and that it was an easy repair for you!
Doing the happy dance for you on this side of the computer...

Post# 1038368 , Reply# 6   7/15/2019 at 19:52 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
AD Failures.

There are customers where I have replaced the dogs and coupler many times and after interrogation they admitted they are overloading the machine.The other telltale sign is the marks on the edge of the tub cover where the load is rubbing against it during spin because the load is too big. I have sold hundreds of rebuilt direct drives in the last 20 years and I almost never have to replace dogs because I instruct these people how to load the machine.Alot of this has to do with the stingy water level these machines come with from the factory.I find myself adjusting most of them that will adjust and that then eliminates future dog and couple failures.The high level on these machines is so low that with a normal load the machine is already working too hard. I also have seen many 20 year old direct drives where the dogs have never failed and are perfect.

Post# 1040874 , Reply# 7   8/6/2019 at 12:10 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
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HI all - and thanks Christine. Actually, I ordered the kit, not just the dogs. My wife's nephew is going to do the replacement.

Bendixmark: This is interesting. I don't know how the machine is being used...might be a good idea to suggest lighter loads(but there's no washer policeman on premises.LoL).

Post# 1040876 , Reply# 8   8/6/2019 at 12:37 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Happened to me once, too...

My newer Kenmore triple-action agitator got these pellets put in, after it had been causing lights on the same breaker circuit to flash, occasionally buzzed at me angrily instead of doing its job, and when it did, the agitator jiggled, not agitated... And with that, the thrashing was harsh and super-violent (And NOT truly washing the clothes, either probably--LOL)...

-- Dave

Post# 1040928 , Reply# 9   8/7/2019 at 06:10 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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This same issue just happened with my sister & brother-in-law's WP washer last week.  Wayne picked up a new set of dogs for around $4.00.  He watched YouTube video before starting, and in about a 1/2 hour it was back in service.  My sister said she was thrilled it was such an easy fix.  She loves this machine.  They bought it off Craigslist about 5+ years ago for $100, and it has given them great service so far.

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