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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 06:50 am
   
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I have a HotPoint (WLW3700B) washing machine.  Everytime it's in washing cycle, it squeaks.  When I take out the agitator, no loud noise.  There is no other problem other than this loud squeaky sound during the washing cycle.  When it's draining, it does not have this problem either.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 11:21 am
   
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that's an oldie, it's post'd squeak. it may be one of your agitators, boot hub,[plastic thingie under inner agt], or snubber pads[pads at four corners of suspension at bottom] the reason you only hear it during agt. is because of the torqueing motion of that cycle. it's rhythmic right? like a lullaby!

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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 02:56 pm
   
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If this is the old style with the rubber with the metal insert with splines agitator coupling look to see if the rubber is wearing inside of the agitator, could be the coupling, these will squeek like a mouse when wearing out.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 07:31 pm
   
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Thank you for the reply.  I think I'll go home tonight and take a picture or two of my agitator because I don't think there's any snubber pads or rubber other than this one whole plastic agitator.  Do you think by replacing the agitator will solve the problem?

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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 07:38 pm
   
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If the agitator is ok you would be replacing the agitator coupler only, WH1X1944 would be the part number, if this is your squeek problem, we have seen this before.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 07:42 pm
   
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This is what you would be looking at, this is inside of the agitator.

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Your agitator could also be rubbing on the plastic hub cover that you can see when you remove the agitator. Is the plastic hub cover in the center of the tub, but we have not seen that to be a problem...



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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 08:35 pm
   
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Thanks for the picture.  However, I don't recall seeing that coupler part.  I went to the accessories web site and will provide you what I think are the closest pictures I find.  I guess there's the so-called inner agitator that looks much like this one http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=1207 which is responsible for the turn and the outer agitator http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=280440, which is the one that makes the rhythmic squeaky sound with every turn that covers through the inner agitator  I not sure if this outer agitator picture is the correct one (since I can't see the top view) but it's the closest one.  And this outer agitator is the one I talked about before once I remove it, the squeaky sound goes away.  Once the outer is inserted  through the inner agitator, a fabric softner dispenser http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=281014 (closest picture to my fabric softner dispenser) can be mounted on top of agitator.  Hope these descriptions help.

Attachment: inneragitator.jpg (Downloaded 66 times)

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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 08:51 pm
   
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Yea, the dual agitator with the hand wash inner agitator when you remove the outer agitator, the coupler I sent the photo to is inside the top part of the inner hand wash agitator..would have to remove the inner one to see the coupler....that drives both parts, you might have something worn on the outer or inner one, if so would need to determine which part before ordering....think I would put up with the squeeking for the prices for these if it is not the coupler...might want to consider the coupler will not make the noise with the stress of moving the outer part thru the water and clothes...when it is removed from the inner hand wash part.  Less force on the system.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 11:02 pm
   
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So what you're saying is the possibility of even with a bad inner coupler, I may not hear the squeaky noise like I have now if the outer agitator is removed because less force of water/clothes plus the outer agitator that are exerting on the inner agitator?  If that's true (I would have to wait until I get home tonight and see), how can I tell whether the coupler is bad?  Any other possibilities if it's not the coupler that's making the squeaky noise?

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 Posted: Fri Mar 10th, 2006 11:12 pm
   
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Only thing I can come up with, while it is making the noise put your ear close to the top of the agitator with the disp removed and see if it is coming from that area or not.  Only other thing do to is replace the coupler, but have to cut out the top of the inner agitator and drive it out with a screw driver and hammer, this is after tugging the inner agitator off of the transmission shaft....



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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2006 12:29 am
   
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I know for sure the noise is coming from the outer agitator and with every turn left or right during the washing cycle, it squeaks.  However, I can't be sure of the inner agitator since the movement of it isn't as big as the outer one.  We did washed our clothes many times without the outer agitator and no noise.  From what you're describing, taking out the coupler seems very diffcult...

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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2006 03:28 am
   
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not hard, just have to know how to do it.....take the outer ag out and try to hold the inner one to see if you can get it to squeek.....if not you may have something wearing on one or the other where they attach...



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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2006 04:11 am
   
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Ms. P., AS USUAL, IS RIGHT! MEA CULPA, it's been awhile.   it probably is your inner agt. on THIS MODEL it's pretty hard, if you don't know how, to replace coupler w/o breakinking agt. if there is a local shop around that has removal tool, take it there. if not, you can buy a replacement agt. either same one or one that will take place of both. 

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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2006 04:22 am
   
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http://www.repairclinic.com/dbimages/00000535/00162060.jpg

Remove the top cap on this agitator, may be held with a small screw...take a small screw driver or sharp knife and remove the center of the top of the agitator, then just tap the coupler out with screw driver and hammer, this is all after you have pulled the agitator off of the transmission shaft.  Install the new coupler onto the tranny shaft then install the agitator onto the new coupler.  Reinstall the cap, this will keep the water out...the link to the coupler is above in this thread.


 



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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2006 05:16 am
   
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yeah, but be carefull if you screw that cap up the top agt. won't lock on.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 15th, 2006 05:40 pm
   
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I tried turning the inner agitator with my hand as much as I can (also washing my clothes without the outer agitator) and it just does not squeak.  But after I put on the outer agitator back on, when the machine is rotating it in a left and right fashion in a qucker pace, the squeaky noise comes back.  Do you think it's still worth the time and effort the examine the coupler (obviously with some risk and effort) or it could be just something with the outer agitator...

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 Posted: Wed Mar 15th, 2006 05:54 pm
   
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Sorry, am not there to hear where the noise is coming from....do not know how you would be able to tell without replacing the agitators or the coupler..



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"...take a small screw driver or sharp knife and remove the center of the top of the agitator, then just tap the coupler out with screw driver and hammer, ... Reinstall the cap, this will keep the water out..."

Hi Pegi,
Are you saying to cut the top out of the inner agitator? If I do, I'll have nothing to screw the cap to...right? See my little picture please.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 10th, 2009 10:22 pm
   
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You will need to use a coupler puller then to remove your coupler...closing this old unsecure thread now, will need to register and start a new thread please on your problem...



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