Step 1 – Remove the Agitator
The first step in fixing your agitator is to take the item out of the washing machine. This is not as easy as you might imagine, since the agitator is placed in there pretty firmly. One option is to fill the washing machine half-full of water, and then put a string rope around the neck of the agitator. Using a piece of wood or lumber, gently raise the agitator up, in a lever fashion (trying just the string might cause bigger problems). You can then inspect the insides of the agitator.
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Step 2 – Open Up the Agitator
Next you will have to open the agitator so that you can see inside. There should be a screw on the base of the agitator which can be removed using a screwdriver. There may also be a large bolt at the other side which can be manipulated using the wrench. Take these parts off, and the agitator should split in half.
Step 3 – Fix the Problems
Once that is done, you will be able to see inside the mechanics of the agitator. There may be a loose wire somewhere within the system, or you may find that the screw part of the agitator has been broken. Check the paddles of the agitator paddles to make sure that they are not cracked or broken, as this can prevent it from turning. While you have the agitator out of the washing machine, you should also check the central pole on which it sits, in order to make sure that it is completely clean.
Step 4 – Finishing
Before you finish the project you will have to replace the agitator. Replace the screws and the bolt, so that the agitator forms a complete piece again. Take the string, and lower it down the central pole. Your agitator should settle into the bottom, although you may wish to give it a push to check.