Top half of agitator not working

ApplianceWhirlpool Washer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Socket set

David From Mission Viejo, CA

Oct 14, 2011

3 out of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Although this was listed as 'a bit difficult' and talking a bit longer than normal, this was because the agitator cap had leaked, and over time the agitator bolt had become completely rusted such that a socket simply couldn't fit. Due to the tight confines, I also could not get a needle-nose vise-grip to hold on to the nut, so attempted to drill out the bolt. This ended up being a problem, but it turns out that drilling AROUND the edge of the bolt and through the edge of the plastic allowed me to remove the top of the agitator, which then allowed a normal pair of vise-grips to be used to remove the bolt. Once the bolt is removed, everything simply fell into place, and the overall job 'should' have only taken a couple of minutes and been 'really easy', except for that rusted-out bolt.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Agitator Bolt

Part Number: PS348478

In Stock


Part Number: PS350868

In Stock

Agitator Cap Barrier with Seal

Part Number: PS1490199

In Stock