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We have a Whirlpool washing machine LA7899XPW3 that just began making grinding/slipping noises when the agitator is agitating. The machine

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Old 04-16-2017, 09:38 PM
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Question Whirlpool Washer That Does Not Use Agitator Dogs
Model Number: LA7899XPW3   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: More than 10 years   

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We have a Whirlpool washing machine LA7899XPW3 that just began making grinding/slipping noises when the agitator is agitating. The machine is probably about 30 years old

My first step in researching the problem lead me to believe that the agitator dogs were the culprit. However, an exploded parts list and physical removal of the agitator itself shows that this model does not use agitator dogs. (Perhaps the development of replaceable agitator dogs was in response to making machines more easily repairable?)

As a test, I ran a cycle with the machine empty and without the agitator installed - the noise s disappeared. The spline connection to the agitator does not appear to be stripped or loose, so I am currently of the belief that the transmission is the problem (worn gearing that strips under an increased load?)

Does anyone have prior experience with this type of issue and can confirm my thoughts or suggest a different solution?

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Old 04-17-2017, 05:54 AM
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Yes, its internal to the transmission. The long shaft has splines on it inside the transmission/gearcase. Those splines get their tops worn down until they slip. Its just worn out. Best bet is a new or used washer. Sorry.
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I decided to try the repair.

Ordered the transmission Monday night, it shipped Tuesday day ( from California Central Valley), I got it Wednesday (San Francisco area), Installed it this morning.

Works great.
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