Videos on how to repair washing machine agitators are available on YouTube. These videos include troubleshooting, a required tool list and tips on fixing a few basic problems.
In a top-loading washing machine, the agitator is the central piece that moves clothing during the wash cycle. The first step in repairing an agitator is to determine the nature of the problem. For example, a dual-action agitator with the top moving separately from the bottom may require new directional dogs. A grinding noise during the wash cycle may indicate the drive coupling is damaged, and a burning smell may mean the drive belt is worn out. Once the specific problem is identified, an appropriate repair can be made.