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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.
  • Will not drain.
  • Marks left on clothes.
  • Not cleaning dishes properly.
  • Does not dispense fabric softener / detergent.

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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:

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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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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Most Recent

Question:

Washer would agitate and drain but would not spin. Ordered clutch assembly. Replaced clutch assembly. Still will agitate, drain, but won't spin but now there is a loud deep metal on metal friction sound while draining water. When all the the water is drained it goes quiet but just sits there ticking like a time bomb but never goes into spin cycle. I'm at a loss...

Lane for model number LSQ8543JQ1
Answer:

Hello Lane, thank you for contacting us. It can be hard to say what the issue is without actually inspecting the washer. Its possible it could be the motor coupling which can prevent it from spinning. It could also be the timer which would prevent it from advancing. You may need a tech to come take a look to diagnose the problem. Good luck with the repair!

Question:

There doesn't seem to be as much agitation in my washer and makes louder noises with a heavy wash load. I can turn the top agitator both ways but with some pressure or pushing to the side it will catch in those little splines in the outer ring. Thanks

Tom for model number 11023034101
Answer:

Hi Tom, Thank you for your inquiry. There are a couple of parts that you may want to look at that could be causing this issue for you. The cogs are one of the parts, you may also want to check the agitator itself. Make sure that nothing is broken on it. You could also check the direct drive motor coupling and your basket drive as well. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

Question:

Everything works but will not spin. Tap the gray box on bottom in back and it works. So what part do i need?

Carla for model number WTW4800XQ4
Answer:

Hi Carla, Thank you for your inquiry. Where the washer is not spinning, the parts you will need to check are the agitator directional cogs, the agitator cam kit, the shift actuator, the lid latch assembly, the drive belt, the inner cap seal, the drive block, the clutch assembly, the agitator and the upper agitator, the agitator cap barrier with seal and thrust spacer. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Question:

My washer will wash fine but it will not spin, it's just buzzing when time to spin, the water will pump out.

Chanta for model number ETW4400WQ0
Answer:

Hello Chanta, thank you for contacting us. The most common fix for this issue based on your model would be the direct drive motor coupling, part number PS1485646 Hope this helps!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: April from Lufkin, TX

Top of the agitator wasn't spinning.

I simply removed the bolt from the inside of the agitator and pull the whole the straight up. It came aloose pretty easily. I took the old clothes mover off and put the new one on. On the inside of the mover the dog ears and spacer easily comes out. I removed the spacer and replaced the dogs ears. I put everything back together the way it was when I took it apart. It works as good as it did when I first got it.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: danny from WASHINGTON, NC

Agitator would not

took off bolt holding agitator on... replaced parts..put back on

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Socket set
Customer: Alec from Indianapolis, IN

The top agitator was not spinning

I popped the dispenser cap off, pulled off the plastic cover that sits on top of the agitator directional cogs assembly, and used a socket wrench with 2 extensions on it to unscrew the nut holding the assembly in place. I misplaced my socket screwdriver and rather than try to buy a nutdriver that matched the size, I just bought a little 3/8" socket extension kit (I needed about 8" of length to be able to use a normal socket wrench). My hands are pretty big so I just had to use pliers to pull the agitator cogs assembly out. Next I just turned the assembly upside down, slipped the plastic ring off that holds the cogs in place, and put the new cogs in place of the old ones. Reassembly was just as easy. The job took about 15 minutes, and once everything was back together the agitator worked like it was brand new.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Timothy from Kansas City, MD

Agitator was making a large amount of noise

After the wife held the phone to the washer so I could hear the horrendous noise it was making. And I screaming at her "shut it off, shut it off!' I came home and took the agitator apart, and found the directional dogs worn out. Went to the computer and easily ordered new parts, which came very quickly. I took off the agitator with a long extension and socket, put in the new dogs and reversed for installation. Told the wife get back to doing the laundry!

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Pliers, Socket set
Customer: Joshua from Lincoln, NE

Replacement of upper agitator.

Very simple. Remove the fabric softener dispenser. Then remove the nut that is inside the agitator (requires a couple of extensions for your socket set). Remove the agitator by pulling up.

I replaced the 'dog ears' or agitator and the upper agitator. It is easy to see where everything needs to go after you take it apart. The upper agitator had plastic gears that were stripped and wouldn't have worked by only replacing the directional cogs.

Its easy, nothing to worry about.

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Parts Used:
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Pliers, Socket set
Customer: WILLIAM from CORAOPOLIS, PA

Agitator would not turn

Removed the stud bolt in the ag[tator and removed the agitator from the machine. J then seperated the agitator in two pieces and installed the new dogs.I then installed the agitator back in the washing machine and it performed beautifully

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Screw drivers, Socket set
Customer: Todd from Milwaukee, WI

Replaced the dog ears.

It was easy, take off the cap, then loosen the nut. Take it apart, change the dog ears, put back together. It was done.

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Stephen from Hot Springs, AR

Top section of agitator was slipping.

I ordered the new cogs but didn't want to wait the few days for them to arrive. So I decided to try and temporarily repair the old ones. After looking at the picture of the new ones on this site I realized that the teeth were just worn down. I took all four of them out and used a grinding disc to carve the teeth down deeper. They were not perfect. (I would recommend holding the teeth with a vise.) However, after reinstalling the cogs the machine worked perfect and that was two weeks ago. I'm not going to install the new ones until I have to.

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

Agitator wouldn't agitate

Removed the bolt that holds the agitator in place..pryed the metal ring that holds the agitator dogs in place..replaced the old dogs with the new ones..old ones were broke off so I had to figure out what direction to install them by assembling everything and making sure that the dogs would catch the teeth on the part that surrounds them..reassembled and then the machine wound agitate properly..but then discovered that the direct drive clutch was not working keeping the drum from spinning..so I replaced the clutch but that's another review..

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Nutdriver
Customer: Jonathon from LOCKPORT, KY

Plastic gears wore down not allowing top half of agitator to spin

Popped off top of softener cup. Pulled out screen. Used nutdriver to back out the only bolt holding the agitator on. Pulled it off popped out plastic "gears" and popped new ones in. Put back in reverse order. Done in 5 minutes....worked perfectly! Easy!!! Thanks !!

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Parts Used:
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Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 30 - 60 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: WALTER R. from BEDFORD, TX

Cogs were worn out

THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE ON THE SAME SITE AS YOUR PART WHITCH MADE IT SIMPLE

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Parts Used:
  • Agitator Directional Cogs
Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Pliers
Customer: Penu from SAN MARCOS, CA

Washer agitator was slipping

Removed the agitator cap, then removed the plastic, spring loaded retaining part (needed a square head tool). Once out, the cog retainer came out, replaced all four cogs, and replaced in reverse. Easy as pie & took 10 minutes!!

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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: Glenda from FUQUAY VARINA, NC

Agitator doggs wore out

Followed youtube video. Great instruction.

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Parts Used:
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Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
Time to do repair: Less than 15 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Nelson from UNIONTOWN, OH

Agitation ceased

After a quick Google search I determined how to pull off the softener dispenser and top cover. Removed one bolt and pulled agitator out and apart.. Anyone who has used a socket set can do it.

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Parts Used:
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Level of Difficulty: Really Easy
Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins
Tools: Socket set
Customer: Luu from STANTON, CA

No problem

That OK , easy.

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