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Old 03-08-2008, 12:06 PM
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Question Washer spins instead of agitate
Model Number: ALW880QAW   Brand: Amana   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My Amana washer started leaking from underneath. Through the bottom front inspection cover I discovered no leaking fittings, but that water was dripping down during the wash cycle from splashing over the tub. Lowering the load size(water level) stopped that. I have since noticed that during the wash cycle, the agitator does not ratchet back and forth but rather the entire tub spins as during a spin cycle. This causes the water level to move outward and splash over the tub. Upon moving the washer to further investigate, I not only discovered how difficult it will be to access any internal parts but also I found 4 bolts on the floor under the center of the washer. Do you think these 4 bolts falling out are the source of my problem? If so, what part of the washer do I disassemble to access the internals?


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Old 02-28-2010, 06:14 PM
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I have the same problem. I actually have the same exact model number and situation down to the bolts on the ground. What did you end up doing to resolve the problem?
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:56 PM
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Default Hopefully this helps others

I had the same problem with my washing machine (Amana ALW880QAW). The agitator would just spin in one direction, it would not spin back and forth. Also the drum would spin freely which I knew was not right. I had found a couple loose bolts a few weeks prior that caused it to make a lot of abnormal banging noise so I tightened those up (I was able to access these by removing the front lower cover and using a long box wrench). I did not notice the bolts lying in the center on the floor under the drum and transmission. So when I found this thread but did not find an answer, I decided to tear the washer apart and figure it out, so hopefully this helps someone else in the future. There are three metal brackets that hold part of the transmission, each bracket has 2 bolts each and measure roughly 1"x3". What happened in my case was one bolt came out of each bracket, allowing each one to turn away from where it was supposed to be which caused it to no longer hold the drum in place. The bad thing is that the whole drum and transmission assembly will normally have to be removed from the machine to access these brackets and reinstall the bolts. I also put medium strength threadlocker on my bolts to try and prevent them from coming loose again. I've attached a couple before and one after picture to also try and help out.
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