The agitator was not moving

ApplianceGeneral Electric Washer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Wrench set

mike From florence, KY

Sep 26, 2012

First I had no idea what to do. My first thought was to buy a new washing machine and so I began searching and found that a washer equal to mine was over $600. I brewed on this for a few days when a neighbor told me that they are not that hard to work on and we should take it apart and look at it first. We took the top and the front of the washer off and looked at the belt and the motor. All seemed fine. (we just used a screwdriver for that) then we took the agitator off, it pulled right off with some heavy tugging. then we saw the coupling. It was only held on by one screw. We used a socket to take the screw out and pulled the coupling off. It is supposed to fit very tightly on a shaft with gears. When we pulled it off and looked inside it, all the plastic gears in the coupling were stripped and that is why the agitator would not move. I expected this to cost me at least $50, but to my surprise the part was only $6.50. The shipping cost more than the part. When it arrived in about 3 days. I literally had the part on and the washer back together in less than 5 minutes. The entire repair cost me $14 and now the washing machine works better than it has worked in years. Who knew. If you intimidated by working on washers, don't be, they really are very simple machines and so not worth calling a repair man for.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Agitator Coupling Kit

Part Number: PS1517844

In Stock