How to Repair a Maytag Agitator

When a Maytag washing machine's agitator lifts up as water fills the tub, you know the mounting clip is broken or damaged, causing a malfunction. You can repair the Maytag agitator yourself by replacing the clip. The whole job seems extensive and involves a lot of dismantling, but it takes less than an hour and saves the expense of calling a professional.

Washing machine repairs need not be complicated.
  1. Unplug the electrical cord of the Maytag washer from the electrical outlet before attempting to repair the agitator.

  2. Locate the screws on the bottom of the front panel and unfasten them with a screwdriver, setting the screws out of the way.

  3. Lift the front panel of the washer up from the bottom and detach the top from the metal clips, setting the panel off to the side.

  4. Locate the bolts under the top lid in the front of the washer and use a nut driver to remove the bolts, putting them in a safe place.

  5. Flip the top lid back so it is resting on the wall and locate the set screw on the side of the washer agitator, near the bottom.

  6. Unfasten the set screw with a screwdriver and lift the agitator out of the washer tub, setting it out of the way.

  7. Detach the spanner nut on the bottom of the tub with a spanner wrench and lift the tub out of the washer cabinet.

  8. Remove the mounting stem. Use a sledge hammer to disconnect it from the transmission shaft by tapping gently on the stem until it comes loose.

  9. Slide the mounting clip off the transmission shaft by hand and replace it with a new mounting clip, placing the clip over the shaft.

  10. Reattach the mounting stem, using a sledge hammer to lock it in place on the transmission shaft and place the wash tub back onto the shaft.

  11. Put the agitator back over the transmission shaft, securing it with the set screw. Flip the top lid of the washer down over the cabinet, attaching the bolts with a nut driver.

  12. Attach the front panel to the washer cabinet, placing the top over the metal clips and securing the bottom with screws.

  13. Plug the electrical cord of the Maytag washer into the electrical outlet.


  • Always unplug the electrical cord of the Maytag washer from the power supply before attempting to repair the agitator.

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Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.