How to repair stripped washing machine agitator

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by dczoomzoom@yahoo.com, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. Guest

    All,

    I have a 5 YO Hotpoint wlw3310b washing machine. A few weeks ago it
    starting squeaking in the wash cycle, then the agitator stopped working
    altogether. I pulled the agitator and noticed the plastic up in the
    shaft was stripped. There may also be some wear on the slots on the
    shaft (the metal pole which spins the agitator. If i push down on the
    agititor (with the kill switch bypassed) it works again.

    Its an old machine. Are there some easy quick fixes to increase the
    friction between the agitator and the pole it sits on? Perhaps a
    carefully placed nut and bolt(least desirable)? Or perhaps epoxy,
    electrical tape, rubber bands, O-Rings, or other things to increase
    friction between the agitator and the shaft? I see I can replace the
    agititor for $50 or so online, are there generic versions to buy at
    Home Depot?

    I am about to embark on a trial and error mission, but wanted to appeal
    to the experts first to make sure i don't do something stupid.

    Thank You....
    , Mar 12, 2005
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  2. Jim Yanik Guest

    wrote in
    news::

    > All,
    >
    > I have a 5 YO Hotpoint wlw3310b washing machine. A few weeks ago it
    > starting squeaking in the wash cycle, then the agitator stopped working
    > altogether. I pulled the agitator and noticed the plastic up in the
    > shaft was stripped. There may also be some wear on the slots on the
    > shaft (the metal pole which spins the agitator. If i push down on the
    > agititor (with the kill switch bypassed) it works again.
    >
    > Its an old machine. Are there some easy quick fixes to increase the
    > friction between the agitator and the pole it sits on? Perhaps a
    > carefully placed nut and bolt(least desirable)? Or perhaps epoxy,
    > electrical tape, rubber bands, O-Rings, or other things to increase
    > friction between the agitator and the shaft? I see I can replace the
    > agititor for $50 or so online, are there generic versions to buy at
    > Home Depot?
    >
    > I am about to embark on a trial and error mission, but wanted to appeal
    > to the experts first to make sure i don't do something stupid.
    >
    > Thank You....
    >
    >


    $50 seems reasonable to get your WM back in working order.
    Especially rather than mess around -trying- to kludge some other fix.
    (and then having to go back and do it the right way,or even causing more
    damage with the kludge,making it NON-repairable)

    Perhaps you overloaded the washer and that was the cause of the problem in
    the first place?

    --
    Jim Yanik
    jyanik
    at
    kua.net
    Jim Yanik, Mar 12, 2005
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  3. Jeff Wisnia Guest

    wrote:
    > All,
    >
    > I have a 5 YO Hotpoint wlw3310b washing machine. A few weeks ago it
    > starting squeaking in the wash cycle, then the agitator stopped working
    > altogether. I pulled the agitator and noticed the plastic up in the
    > shaft was stripped. There may also be some wear on the slots on the
    > shaft (the metal pole which spins the agitator. If i push down on the
    > agititor (with the kill switch bypassed) it works again.
    >
    > Its an old machine. Are there some easy quick fixes to increase the
    > friction between the agitator and the pole it sits on? Perhaps a
    > carefully placed nut and bolt(least desirable)? Or perhaps epoxy,
    > electrical tape, rubber bands, O-Rings, or other things to increase
    > friction between the agitator and the shaft? I see I can replace the
    > agititor for $50 or so online, are there generic versions to buy at
    > Home Depot?
    >
    > I am about to embark on a trial and error mission, but wanted to appeal
    > to the experts first to make sure i don't do something stupid.
    >
    > Thank You....
    >


    I'd take a shot at securing it with JB-Weld (Metal Filled epoxy). If it
    doesn't work you're only out a few bucks for the stuff, and you could
    then just carve it off the shaft splines before putting on a new agitator.

    Chances are you won't have to pull the agitator again before the machine
    wears out, and if you did, and broke it in the process you'd be no worse
    off than you are now. 'eh?

    Just remember to be patient and give the JB-Weld a FULL DAY to cure
    completely before you test your work.

    HTH,

    Jeff

    --
    Jeffry Wisnia

    (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)

    "As long as there are final exams, there will be prayer in public
    schools"
    Jeff Wisnia, Mar 12, 2005
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  4. wrote:
    > All,
    >
    > I have a 5 YO Hotpoint wlw3310b washing machine. A few weeks ago it
    > starting squeaking in the wash cycle, then the agitator stopped

    working
    > altogether. I pulled the agitator and noticed the plastic up in the
    > shaft was stripped. There may also be some wear on the slots on the
    > shaft (the metal pole which spins the agitator. If i push down on

    the
    > agititor (with the kill switch bypassed) it works again.
    >
    > Its an old machine. Are there some easy quick fixes to increase the
    > friction between the agitator and the pole it sits on? Perhaps a
    > carefully placed nut and bolt(least desirable)? Or perhaps epoxy,
    > electrical tape, rubber bands, O-Rings, or other things to increase
    > friction between the agitator and the shaft? I see I can replace the
    > agititor for $50 or so online, are there generic versions to buy at
    > Home Depot?
    >
    > I am about to embark on a trial and error mission, but wanted to

    appeal
    > to the experts first to make sure i don't do something stupid.
    >
    > Thank You....


    Hi,

    > I have a 5 YO Hotpoint wlw3310b washing machine.


    That is part of a full model# and the washer is probably more like 10+
    years old.

    > Are there some easy quick fixes to increase the
    > friction between the agitator and the pole it sits on?


    Replace the drive block inside the agitator and clean up the tranny
    shaft.

    This is a common coupler that is onside the agitator...it can strip out
    if the washer has been over loaded a few times.

    http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=3365
    Washing machine agitator coupling, for 20 spline drive shaft
    transmissions.

    This may help,
    http://www.applianceaid.com/ge-os-wash.html#agitate-prob

    jeff.
    Appliance Repair Aid
    http://www.applianceaid.com/
    Appliance Repair Aid, Mar 12, 2005
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