I have a Kenmore (Whirlpool) washer that dates back at least 20 years. After a few days of not having clothes come out clean, I took a look inside and there is only slight movement of the lower agitator in either direction during the wash cycle. When turned off, I can spin it freely in either direction. Fills with water, spins, and drains, the only problem seems to be the agitator. After strolling through these and other forums, it looks like the possible solution is to replace the worn out dog ears.
So I pulled off the top cap, held the agitator in place, and started unscrewing the bolt counterclockwise and it just kept spinning. I saw on another thread here that if I partially fill the washer and turn it on, the shaft should lock and allow me to remove the bolt. I'll try that out tonight, but if anyone has any other ideas, please let me know, the laundry is piling up!!
If the above does not work, is there a way to access the shaft from under the washer to hold it in place while I try to unscrew the bolt? If not, if I sheer off the head of the bolt with an angle grinder or hacksaw in order to pull the upper cam and top agitator off , can whatever the lower part of the bolt is screwed into be easily (and cheaply) replaced, or does the main shaft go up that high and I've really buggered up the washer?
Thanks in advance for any help. Great site!
Model Number - C110 4530080 Serial Number 2AF30588
I believe it is a belt driven washer built by Whirlpool for Kenmore for sale in Canada, circa sometime in the 1980s. The bolt is exposed when the top cap is removed, not recessed a few inches like most of the pictures and videos I have seen on other washers.