I have a Whirlpool washer model LDA5700. The agitator has a white, fairly large screw-on cap, which is easily removed by turning it counterclockwise to remove it. It is threaded on a stud, which disappears thru a hole on the top of the agitator. There is no "nut" that can be seen at this stage that many books and people say to remove with a socket in order to remove the agitator. The agitator is stuck (at least I think so) but I don't want to pull hard on it until I know for certain that there is not a nut hidden below the white plastic that forms the top of the agitator, and only then I need to figure out how to get at it. Does the agitator simply pull up after the screw-on decorative cap is off the short stud? I just can't figure out how to get the agitator off this machine! Thanks for any directions you can give me. Marc
ANSWER Hello Marc,
The agitator should come off of the stud with a bit of force. The reason it is usually hard to remove is the amount of moisture the upper transmission shaft is exposed to causes the shaft to oxidize, (rust). When this occurs inside the plastic end of the agitator, it has the effect of the shaft swelling and can become extremely hard to remove. You might try hooking a rope or belt under the base of the agitator to give an even pull. Of course you can rotate the loop to give an even pull from different angles also.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, April 03, 2013