How to Remove a Washing Machine Agitator

Inside a washing machine with agitator
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
What You'll Need
A pair of pliers
Your washing machine's owner's manual
A socket wrench

If you've recently had cause to remove your washing machine agitator, you may be wondering how to go about removing it. Well, if so, you'll be pleased to learn that removing a washing machine agitator is a very simple task that virtually anyone can complete in a timely and stress-free fashion. Read on to learn everything you'll need to know.

Step 1 - Locate Your Agitator Cap

Before you can remove your washing machine agitator, you will need to locate the agitator cap. You may need to consult your washing machine's owner's manual to determine the cap's exact location. Once you've successfully located the agitator cap, you will be ready to proceed with the next step.

Step 2 - Prepare to Remove Your Agitator

After removing your agitator cap, you will encounter a translucent cap beneath it. Incorporate the aid of your pliers to gently remove this new cap. Once the translucent cap has been removed, you should find a 3/8 inch nut in the center of your washing machine agitator, which you will need to carefully remove with the help of your socket wrench. When removing this bolt, take care not to disturb your agitator's dog ears, as they can be rather expensive to replace.

Step 3 - Remove Your Washing Machine Agitator

You will now need to gently, but firmly, pull your agitator out of your washing machine. While most agitators are able to be pulled out of place, some may require additional measures, so once again, be sure to have your owner's manual on hand when performing this task.