How to Replace the Agitator Dogs in a Top-Load Washer



This DIY washer repair guide explains how to replace the agitator dogs in a top-load washer. The agitator dogs grip the teeth inside the agitator to create a one-way ratcheting motion in the upper part of the agitator. That one-way motion combines with the back-and-forth motion at the bottom of the agitator to move garments through the water during the agitate cycle. If the top part of the agitator moves in two directions, the agitator dogs have likely worn out. Replace the agitator dogs with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace agitator dogs in Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Estate, Crosley, Roper and Amana top-load washers.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Agitator dogs

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Socket wrench set
  • Socket extension
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: Remove the agitator

Pull the fabric softener dispenser off of the top of the agitator.

Pull the dust cap out of the agitator.

Use a 7/16" socket with an extension to remove the agitator bolt.

Pull the agitator out of the washer and set it on a work surface.

 Tip: If your agitator has a plastic spring retainer above the agitator bolt with a 1/2" square hole at the top, use a 1/2" ratchet drive extension and ratchet to remove the spring retainer.

Step 3: Remove the agitator dogs

Pull the top auger off of the agitator assembly.

Dump the agitator cam out of the top of the agitator auger.

Remove the plastic bearing from the cam. The plastic bearing holds the agitator dogs in place.

Pull the agitator dogs off of the cam.

Step 4: Install the new agitator dogs

Push the new agitator dogs into the cam.

Reinstall the plastic bearing on the cam to hold the agitator dogs in place.

Push the cam back into the agitator auger.

Position the auger back onto the top of the agitator assembly.

Step 5: Reinstall the agitator

Push the agitator down on top of the agitator shaft.

Reinstall the 7/16" bolt and washer to secure the agitator to the agitator shaft.

Reinstall the dust cap.

Snap the fabric softener dispenser back on top of the agitator assembly.

Step 6: Restore the power

Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.