Whirlpool Ultimate Care II Washer - stuck agitator
I have a Whirlpool washer (Model LSQ8243HQ0) and I just noticed a mild "grinding" sound near the agitator. My bad ears first heard this during a wash cycle and then I confirmed w/ my eyes - the top part of the agitator ("Clothes Mover" on parts list) only rotated every 3rd time or so. When I placed my hand on the top of the agitator, it basically stopped.
I took the top part apart and saw the cam disk w/ 4 pawls that engage a splined ring inside the agitator itself.
I thoroughly cleaned the entire pawl driver assembly w/ soap & a toothbrush and put it all pack together. Unfortunately it still stalls. The splined ring - to my eye - looks fine. Each pawl has 2-3 teeth which look OK. But I don't have the advantage of seeing a new one to determine how much wear may have occurred.
I searched this forum to see of other had this problem and found several examples, such as this one (where the pawls are called "dogs"):
My best guess is to get 4 new pawls. My question is:
Is it likely that this will solve the slippage problem or do I likely need a new Clothes Mover too to get the new splined ring?
Again, the splines look fine. My judgment is that the new pawls should do the trick.
Get new paws, the old ones are worn out/hardened.
Thanks Rich. I gather there's no need to lube the pawls (with, for example, a dab o' Vaseline)? I ask b/c when I disassembled, I noticed what seemed like some black, semi-hardened greasy residue on the assembly. That's what I cleaned off ...
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