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My whirlpool washer makes a loud ratcheting sound when agitating. I have changed the 4 dogs inside the agitator, but

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:23 PM
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Model Number: LSQ8243HQ   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: More than 10 years   

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My whirlpool washer makes a loud ratcheting sound when agitating. I have changed the 4 dogs inside the agitator, but it still makes the sound sometimes. The strange thing is I can stop the sound by grabbing the agitator and pulling up on it. It will be quiet for a while or for the rest of that cycle. But the sound will still come back, so I pull up on the agitator again. What else do I need to change?


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Old 12-04-2012, 04:45 AM
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The splines up inside the bottom of the agitator may be stripping out. They mate with the splines of the gearcase agitator shaft. Grab the bottom fins of the agitator and see if you can rotate to see if it is slipping.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:21 PM
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I checked further, when it makes the ratcheting sound it is mechanical. I watched inside the agitator, the dogs are engaging. When the noise starts the steel agitator shaft rotates counter clockwise. It does not alternate rotation direction. And when in spin mode it seems to unbalance easily, based on the sounds it makes, but the basket does not rotate out of center more than 3/4". Admittedly I may not have reassembled correctly and that could cause the out of balance problem.
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Hi.

Most likely it's a bad transmission Part number: 3360629

Part number: 3360629


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During the replacement of my transmission a part fell out and I couldn't tell where it came from. Can someone help me. Here is a link to a picture of what fell out when I was tightening the bolts to the trans mission.

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Just toss it out, it's a shipping pin that is removed when washer is first installed.

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