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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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Agitator Repair Kit

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The agitator is designed to spin the clothes during a wash cycle. If your washing machine will not agitate, spin, or shakes and/or is noisy, you may need to purchase the agitator repair kit. The agitator kit is most commonly used if the top part of the agitator is not moving correctly but the bottom is. This kit now includes all pieces shown in the photo plus the thrust spacer, inner cap seal, and washer. You may need agitator grease for this repair. As with any major appliance repair, be sure to disconnect power to the washing machine before beginning the job.

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Thrust Spacer

Part Number 334562

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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Screw & Washer (5/16-24 x 1)

Part Number 11741866

This kit contains one screw with rubber gasket and threaded sealant. The screw head is 7/16".

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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: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: John from MASPETH, NY

Broken cog

just do it

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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: Douglas from CONCORD, NH

Agitator was not turning

Repair was simple and quick. Started by removing softener cup and removed bolt holding part that housed dogs. Removed housing and slipped of hold down clamp and replaced the 4 dogs then reversed procedure all took about 8 mins

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 1- 2 hours
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Jeremy from MORRISTOWN, TN

Once water filled up it would kick off and no action from the agitator..just a buzzing sound..

Following the instructions from the email received from this site was very helpful...given the washers were slightly different then mine in the videos ...it gave me a solid view point of what I would expect...my thrust spacer and the one I was sent was different in length and luckily it wasn't needed for my repair..extremely affordable prices made this no big deal at all..The inner seal was easily exchanged out and the agitator direction cogs were simply replaced..they were a bit wore down but nothing broke...and the reassemble was easy...biggest trouble I had were the clamps holding the switch box on the top they were pretty simple to remove by the instruction video and the direct drive coupler was exactly like the video instructed and was simply replaced..again nothing broke but extreme wear on the inner square was nearly wore to more of a circle shape which I believe was my problem. .The clamps holding the top back in place we're very tricky for me but I got them...plugged everything back up turned it on and the washer filled up and then kicked back into action just like new...I was very happy as well as was my wife to fixed what normally would have been 400 to 500$ repair bill or twice that for a new washer for 4 parts under 30$ and it's now just like new..Thank you !! I will definitely be ordering again from you if and when needed and also give a 100% satisfaction rating to any 1 needing parts..5stars!!!

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Lorraine from FORT PIERCE, FL

Top part of agitator did not work. It would only turn sometimes.

I followed a repair video on YouTube It is easier to disassemble the agitator and replace to cogs The hard part was placing the top part of the agitator back onto the bottom parts, after I replaced the cogs. i use a flashlight to help see where the two separate pieces of the agitator need to be to connect the back together properly ( top agitator & bottom agitator). Once this sep is completed you have to place the whole agitator and line it up on the agitator rod. Line up the groves as much as possible. Turn the agitator slowly until it slides into place. Then use your socket wrench to tighten the screw. The screw is the last step to attach the agitator back onto the washing machine. Then replace the cap, to keep water from going down into the washing machine. Then replace the fabric softener dispenser. Now you have a great washing machine. I am a women and did this repair by myself.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Stephen from GROVER, NC

I happened to have the lid open when agitation began. I heard grinding, and the top of the agitator wasn't moving much.

I shut the machine off and came to the site . I got the impression that it could have been several things. I made the wash and rinse very brief to minimize further damage. My clothes didn't get clean. I just had to pop the hubcap and remove a 7/16 hex head screw to see there was no damage but broken dogs. I hadn't needed to abort the wash. I think they've been broken 15 years but didn't happen to make noise before. if the top piece of the agitator were called the circulator, I would have figured it out years ago. On full loads, clothes didn't circulate very well and tended to come out with deposits of lint. I think friction from a coating of soap scum kept the circulator moving enough to fool me, but it wasn't doing its job. I heated baking soda in water on the stove to make washing soda. I soaked the parts to remove soap scum, paying special attention to the ring of cogs that the dogs would engage. I replaced the thrust spacer because it was cracked. I didn't feel any grease or see any wear, so I think the only function for grease would be to prevent squeaks. Now, with a full load, clothes and water circulate better than I remember.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: David from MILLBRAE, CA

Upper agitator not turning.

Removed agitator cover with small screwdriver. Removed bolt holding agitator with socket on 6" extender. Pulled agitator up and out. Replaced thrust spacer adding tiny amount of silicone grease. Replaced agitator directional cogs adding small amount of silicone grease. Note direction of cogs first or they will make a loud ratcheting noise. Reassemble. The drawing on this site is helpful.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Tony from SUMNER, GA

Upper agitator wouldn't rotate properly/intermittently

Removed the four worn agitator directional cogs and replaced them with new ones

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable)
Customer: Janet from LINCOLNVILLE, KS

I noticed when putting clothes in the washer and more than half full the top agitator slowed down.

We ordered the dog Agit clutch and within a few minutes I had a new washer. It started agitating a lot faster.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Carol from WEST LIBERTY, IA

Agitator was not turning properly; soap left on clothes. The teeth on the agitator dogs were worn off.

Gently pry top of agitator off with small flat-blade screwdriver. Using the square end of a 1/2-inch socket extension, unscrew the plastic center "nut." Lift agitator off, remove center cone that holds the dogs, slip the retainer ring off, remove the worn dogs and replace. (Great opportunity clean the soap scum off the agitator!) Reverse the process to complete the repair.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: David from JOELTON, TN

Taking the adjetator apart.

I went on line to find out how take the adjetator apart. You just stand on the adjetator and pull the top off. Very simple. Once that wss apart I cleaned the dog area of dirt and old pieces. Install new dogs and put it back together. I was trying to make much harder than it was. Piece of cake.

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Level of Difficulty: Very Difficult
Time to do repair: More than 2 hours
Tools: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable), Wrench set
Customer: Beverly from WEST FALLS, NY

Top section of agiatort wouldn't rotate

called daughter's boy friend

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Wrench set
Customer: John from WHITE BEAR LK, MN

Agitator was skipping and seemed lose.

Removed agitator according to instructions, although upper and lower agitator did not want to separate. I used a steel rod and hammer to separate them by hitting lower agitator where bolt goes through. After removing and replacing old cogs, cog holder had to be tipped upside down to insert in agitator. I used a small dap of toothpaste to hold retainer in place while I inserted it in agitator. Works great now.

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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: Linda from Arnold, MD

Agitator wasn't turning

I watched your video, followed the instructions, and
in 20 minutes I had a new washer! The repair man estimated the cost for repair at $150, but I didn't want to spend that much money on a 20-year-old washer, so I ordered the agitator repair kit, cost $12, and it arrived the very next day! I did exactly what the video indicated and within 30 minutes my washer was agitating like never before. Thank you so much for the video instruction, it was fantastic.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Zina from Hot Springs Villlage, AR

Upper part of agitator did not turn because of worn out teeth on the agitator cogs.

The repair went smoothy except for removing the screw that holds the upper agitator part from the bottom agitator. Once that was removed all went smoothly. Considering my washer is 17years old, I guess I should be happy that was my only problem. I followed the directions of the repairman in the video that was provided by the web site. Most of my parts matched his parts :). My husband was very proud that I repaired the washer and was able to diagnose the problem. Thanks for helping me save some $$$$. I'm pleased and am very happy to have solved the problem on my own. My husband teases me about hanging a shingle. Thanks, Zina

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Socket set
Customer: David from Warren, MI

Top of agitator was not working

I basically followed the video that was available on Partselect.
I had trouble getting the top of the agitator separated from the lower but I used a length of 2x4 and gently tapped this with a hammer (so I wasn't hitting the plastic directly with the hammer, never a good idea). I few taps around the perimeter of the upper agitator and it came apart. The rest was quite easy. I replaced the seal since it looked pretty worn when I first removed the inner cap.

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