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388034-1-S-Whirlpool-80040             -Agitator Directional Cogs
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Agitator Directional Cogs

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PartSelect Number PS388034
Manufacturer Part Number 80040
Manufactured by Whirlpool

Agitator directional cogs, otherwise known as dog ears, come in a package of four and are generally found in washers where the motor is connected directly to the washer. The agitator is what causes the thrusting motion in your washer. If you have noticed that your washer is not draining properly, is making unfamiliar noises, shaking, or is simply not washing properly, it could be due to faulty agitator directional cogs. They can be found by simply removing the softener dispenser and then removing the agitator cap. For this repair, you will need a 1/4 or a 3/8ths socket set, and needle nose pliers.

This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Estate, Inglis, Crosley, Maytag.

This part works with the following products: Washer, Washer Dryer Combo.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Will not agitate.
  • Noisy.
  • Pumps but will not spin.
  • Spins slowly.
  • Shakes and moves.
  • Not cleaning dishes properly.
  • Will not drain.
  • Marks left on clothes.
  • Does not dispense fabric softener / detergent.

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Thrust Spacer

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This is a genuine OEM thrust spacer for your washer, and is also commonly known as a retainer ring. The spacer is about 2.5 inches in diameter, is made of plastic, and is white in color. It is used in the agitator assembly of many direct drive washing machine models. The spacer is fitted between the agitator and the agitator auger to support it as it moves. This part is sold individually. Although it is not included in this part, you should have some dual-action agitator grease for the repair as well.

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Question:

We have figured out that we need to replace the agitator dogs in our washer. We aren’t that handy but we also don’t have the funds to get a repair person to do it. Especially if its an easy job. Do you think this is something I could do myself with a little DIY experience? How hard is this project (roughly)?

Parker
Answer:

Hello Parker, to make this repair you will need to remove the center bolt in the agitator, and then lift the agitator out. You will need to separate the upper part from the lower with applied force. Once these are separated, if you tip the upper part of the agitator over, the dogs will fall right out. You should have no trouble replacing the agitator dogs 80040. Best of luck with this repair.

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Question:

What does this purchase come with? How many come with it and how many do I need?

Victoria
Answer:

Hi Victoria, this pack comes with a set of 4 and you should only need to purchase one package. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Question:

I was told to replace my agitator dogs and that it would help fix the agitating problem. Everything seems to be in good condition but it still isn’t agitating and also it looks like the bolt is falling out. What should I do

Conor
Answer:

Hi Connor, we recommend administering some Loctite to the bolt to keep it in place. To diagnose the agitating problem, you need to pull the agitator out and see if the shaft is rotating to move the agitator. If not then it is a problem with the gearcase. If it is then the agitator is the problem. I hope this helps!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: John from Upper Darby, PA

Washer would not agitate. Dryer would not run.

The washer and dryer went bad in the same week. First I checked the web site for potential problems and confirmed what was wrong with each appliance.

The parts arrived in 3-4 days.

It took less than 10 minutes to replace the agitator directional cogs in the washer and it is working fine. This was an easy fix.

I also installed a new drive belt on the dryer. That took about an hour and it is fine too. This was a bit harder because I had to remove the top and front of the dryer to remove the drum to replace the belt. This is a two person job - my 18 yr old & I.

Less than $30 for parts and shipping, and I saved $1,200 + on new appliances.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: David from Chaffee, MO

Agitator would turn in both directions & not cleaning clothes

removed the top cap, unscrew bolt in top of agitator, remove top , take out ond cogs & drop in new & reinstall in reverse order.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Daniel from Indiantown, FL

Agitator not moving clothes.

I removed the snap on cover. Then I removed the filter/strainer. Then I removed the bolt with a socket and 10 inch extension. Then I removed the agitator assembly. I removed the 4 worn cogs and installed the new cogs. Then with the agitaor upside down, I slid the assembly into the agitator and carefully turned it over and placed it over the drive shaft, installed the bolt, filter and snap on cover.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers
Customer: Kevin from Albany, NY

Washer wouldn't spin

Pulled off shell unsnapped clamps holding the pump and the motor, found broken pieces, slapped on new parts , reverse direction and YEA!
Thanks for all the help. Love this site.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Keith from Wylie, TX

Upper aggitor turned freely, did not aggitate

I removed the liquid softner insert, then I removed the barrier cap and o-ring. I used a 3/8" drive ratchet , 12" extension and a 7/16" socket to remove bolt and washer that holds the upper aggitaor to the bottom aggitator. I then removed the upper aggitator from the muchine and removed cam that hold the directional cogs. Inserted the new cogs and reassembled in revese order.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: steven from troy, PA

Agitator was skipping on cogs

Removed both caps, used extended socket arm and removed bolt - replaced cogs and reassembled- very easy fix although cogs had to be secured with some petroleum jelly to keep them from slipping out of housing during assembly

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Parts Used:
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Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: james from swanton, OH

Cogs all broken up

pop off the cap in the center of the agitator and un srew the bolt, then pull it apart and then with a srew drive pry on one of the 2 clip like holders and it all will come apart.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: William F. from Rotonda West, FL

Top of agitator would not turn, pushing cloths down for the paddles to agitate.

Removed top cap by twisting and pulling up, next reached in and removed cap over the retaining bolt. Used a 7/16 socket and 12 inch extension on a 3/8 drive ratchet to lossen & remove bolt. Top portion of agitator lifted off. Placed hand in top of removed unit, tipped unit over and removed insert that holds directional coggs. Reversed procedure to install. Caution, top of agitator that mates with insert, has 2 tabs that bend over if not careful when reinstalling top unit. I understand these tabs are unnecessary and may be twisted off prior to reinstallation process, making it a lot easier.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
Customer: Lewis from Marrietta, GA

Agitator cogs were stripped

Removed the cover to the agitator, removed one screw, pulled off the top half of the agitator and turned it over, replaced the cogs, put it all back. Instructions for the entire process were on the website. I saved over $100 with 10 minutes work!

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Wrench set
Customer: Richard from Jasper, GA

Agitator was nice (not agitating)

Pulled off the top of the agitator (softener dispenser) the plug and the bolt holding the agitator on. Pulled the agitator out and removed the cup that held/holds the cogs. Found the broken plastic cogs. Got on the internet and hunted the parts. Found out they were called cogs and didn't have to order the entire machine to get them. Ordered and expected 5 days of dirty laundry.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Wrench set
Customer: Sam from Nacogdoches, TX

Washer would not operate correctly

After seeing the video ,I followed the procedure descibed and poped the cover off. and looked inside. The old agitator directional cogs had completely disintergrated. After cleaning out the old pieces ,I used a 7/16 whench to take off the agitator and the holding ring underneath.After installing the new cogs and replaceing the ring ,I reinstalled the agitator and tightned the 7/16 bolt in the agitator and replaced the cover. I then started the washer and the unit operated like a new washer. Thanks Guys

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers
Customer: Michael from Boca Raton, FL

Upper agitator not moving, water not draining, screaching noise.

I have had a problem with my upper agitator not moving. I thought it just needed tightening. I also suddenly had a problem with the water not draining and a loud screaching noise. No leaks. After reviewing your diagrams and watching a couple of your videos I discovered I needed directional cogs (dog ears) and I had a problem with my pump. I then removed the pump, before ordering, and looked inside of it. Low and behold I found Lincoln. Thats right, I found a penny wedged inside. That was the cause for the loud screaching sound. I removed the penny and I ordered the dog ears which I received within a couple of days. I put it back together and it now works perfectly. THE END!

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Parts Used:
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Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: More than 2 hours
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Abigail from Lincoln, CA

Old betsy lost her roar after 20 years of use, the top portion of the agitator stopped turning.

1. Asked the hubby to fix it. He said "I don't see what the problem is, how can I fix it if I don't know for sure if it is even broken?" I assured him that I do the laundry and the top piece is supposed to turn.

2. Typed my problem (the one with the washer, not the hubby) into Google. Found copious amounts of info. regarding my problem and how to fix it.

3. Ordered the necessary parts on this wonderful website.

4. Followed the directions of a friendly southern man on 'YouTube' and Batta Bing, Batta Boom - Ol' Betsy is roaring away again, just a churning my clothes in there - getttin' the job done.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Mark from N. Port Florida, FL

Water coming into washer slowly. Agitator not pulling close down and would move both directions.

Unpluged washer and turn off water supply to washer.Used channel locks to take hoses off back of washer.Then unscrew to screws in top panel and then flip it back. Take screw driver and pop out the two clips and unplug lid switch. Now you can pull off front section of your washer. Use your socket to remove the two nuts on back panel and unpluged the hot and cold plugs.Use channel locks to pull back of hose clamp. You may need to put mounting plate on the back of the inlet valve. Put back in reverse order. Good Luck Mark N. of North Port FL

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Jeffrey from Wayne, NJ

Top agitator was not turning

Followed directions in video. Very easy. Only extra note of caution, you will need a long socket extension or several you can couple together. The bolt that has to be loosened is at the bottom of the agitator neck. About 12 inches deep.

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