How To Fix Hoover Washer That Won’t Agitate

It’s frustrating to find your Hoover washing machines aren’t spinning during the washing cycle. There are a few things that you can follow to fix the issue on your own, rather than making an appointment with a specialist or purchasing new washing machines.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the most commonly-cited causes for a Hoover washing machine that isn’t stirring and offer step-by-step instructions on how to fix the issue. From a broken drive belt or a defective lid switch, we’ll go over everything, helping you save time and money. If your Hoover washer isn’t moving do not fret. We’ll help you resolve the issue.



In top loading washers from Hoover the agitator is responsible for moving the clothes through the detergent and water and is driven by the output shaft of the transmission. The shaft that drives the output is usually splined and the middle of the plastic agitator will have an spline with a similar shape to ensure a tight fitting. According to the brand, the agitator may be a one-piece unit or a two-piece dual action agitator. How to check the condition of a Hoover washing machine’s agitator:

  1. Remove the Hoover washing machine from power sources.
  2. To access the agitator, remove the top cover , or fabric softener dispenser, depending on the type of model. Make an attempt to manually turn the agitator. Once it has been splined you should experience some resistance.
  3. Take the agitator out of the appliance so that you can examine it closer. The bolt that threads through the top of transmission shaft is what holds the majority of agitators in place. Certain models have a set screw in the barrel of the agitator, just above the base to fix the agitator onto the shaft, while some will make use of a rubber O-ring for a tight fitting.
  4. If your agitator is worn or damaged on any of its parts particularly the splines or there is no resistance when you turn it manually, you’ll need a Hoover replacement agitator.


Agitator Directional Gears

Top loading Hoover washers with dual-action agitators can cause the upper part of the agitator’s motor to be disengaged from its bottom. The upper portion is driven by directional cogs or “dogs” that are made of tough plastic that will wear away from heavy use. The directional cogs could be worn out if the upper portion of the washing machine’s agitator is not turning in the right direction or making a grating noise in the course of washing. How do you check the directional cogs in theHoover washing machine:

  1. Depending on the model, unplug your Hoover washer and then take it out of the dispenser of fabric softener.
  2. Locate your agitator cogs. To reach the cogs you might need to remove off the base, top or cap, depending on the model.
  3. Visually inspect the cogs to determine if there are discolorations, wear or damage. Also, check to make sure there are no cogs missing.
  4. You’ll need to replace cogs with directional design by Hoover If your cogs exhibit any of the symptoms listed above.


Agitator Coupler & Cap & Bolt

Some top loading washers from Hoover have a coupler between their shafts for transmission and agitators. The drive coupler is splined from the inside to match the transmission and then splined out on the outside to be able to match the agitator. If your Hoover washer makes a loud grinding sound when it is in the wash cycle, and the agitator is turning freely the drive coupling may be damaged. How to inspect the agitator coupler on theHoover washing machine:

  1. Before beginning, disconnect your Hoover washer from electrical source.
  2. To get to the coupler for the agitator, you’ll need to first remove the top cover or the fabric softener dispenser, depending on the model. Then you will need to remove the agitator.
  3. Take the coupler off the appliance by detaching the bolt which secures it to the shaft of transmission. Check the coupler for cracks, wear, burnt, rust, and damage.
  4. You will need Hoover replacement coupler if you encounter one of these problems.


Direct Drive Motor Coupling:

Some top load Hoover washers have a direct drive motor coupling to transfer power from the motor to the transmission. The drive coupling constructed consisting of two plastic drive forks as well as a rubber coupling. It is connected to the motor and the transmission. The drive shaft is connected to one of the forks while the other is attached with the input shaft of the transmission. The rubber coupling between the drive forks absorbs torque created by the shaft of the motor to stop them from breaking.

Normal use will create wear on the coupling and eventually the drive forks can slide off and not engage the clutch or transmission. One indicator of a broken motor coupling in a Hoover washer machine is that it fills and drains as normal, but it the unit does not spin or move. How to check the direct drive motor coupling of the Hoover washing machine


  1. Before starting, disconnect your appliance from the main power supply.
  2. For a thorough inspection of the motor coupling, find it and remove it. It is necessary to unlock the Hoover washer’s cupboard to access it. If your model is different you may also have to remove the drain pump or motor.
  3. After you have removed the object, look over the coupling to look for indications of wear, damage cracks, etc.
  4. You’ll need a new direct motor coupling Hoover should you experience any of these symptoms.


Drive Belt

Top loading Hoover washers have a belt that powers the transmission. If the washing machine ceases to agitate, the belt could be in the wrong place. What can you tell if the drive belt in theHoover washer needs replacement:

  1. Unplug your Hoover washer and remove the cabinet or access panel to find the drive belt.
  2. It is possible to disconnect the clamps that secure the belt into place and take the drive belt off the drive motor.
  3. Examine the drive belt visually. Check for signs of wear, fraying or other indications of damage to your drive belt.
  4. If your belt has any of the signs mentioned above, you need an Hoover replacement drive belt.



The transmission in a top load Hoover washer is responsible for turning the rotating motion of the motor into the back and forth motion required by the agitator. Transmissions come with an input shaft which is controlled by the motor directly , or via belt. A shaft at the output drives the agitator. You should check that your agitator drive shaft oscillates properly before you replace it. The transmission could be in error in the event that the input shaft rotates however the agitator shaft doesn’t make a turn.

The majority of manufacturers do not provide internal components and a full transmission will be needed. Also, you should be ready to replace the tub seal which is situated at the point where the shaft enters the tub. How to examine the transmission inside a Hoover washing machine:

  1. Before inspecting your transmission be sure the issue isn’t due to the agitator, or any other component. Once you have eliminated the possibility of an agitator problem take your washer off and remove the cabinet. After that, you must locate your transmission.
  2. Once you’ve identified the problem with your transmission, plug your washing machine back into the circuit and run one wash cycle in order to determine whether the transmission is the cause of the issue. A malfunctioning transmission could cause weird noises while operating. Take care when performing this task as the internal components of your dryer are exposed.
  3. It is necessary to replace the Hoover transmission in the event that the unit becomes noisy.


Drive Motor

Top load Hoover washers employ motors that drive the transmission. Many Hoover washing machines use an inverted motor, which means the motor rotates in one direction to agitate and the other direction to drain and spin. Motors might work in the spin direction however, they are not working in the direction of agitation. How do you test the operation of aHoover washing-machine drive motor:

  1. Before starting, unplug the power source from your Hoover appliance.
  2. Take the cabinet out of the Hoover washer to locate and take out the drive motor. To remove the drive motor from your appliance, you’ll need to pull the connectors instead of pulling on the wires.
  3. The multimeter must be set to Rx1 mode. Set the probes on the terminals of your motor to check for continuity. The reading should be zero or close to zero.
  4. To test the connection to ground, leave one probe on the terminal and put the other one inside the housing made of metal on the motor drive. This test shouldn’t give you any readings.
  5. You’ll require a new Hoover drive motor if your readings are different from those described above.



The drive motor is controlled via the timer lid, the timer, the water level and selector switches. The role of the timer is to provide the proper amount of power needed to turn the motor on in the correct direction. If the drive motor in your washer does not receive electricity during the wash phase of the cycle, then the timer may be to blame. How to test the timer of aHoover washer using a multi-meter:

  1. Similar to most repairs begin with disconnecting the Hoover washer from the electrical source.
  2. The control panel must be removed along with the rear panel of your appliance in order to locate the timer.
  3. Take care to disconnect the wires attached to the timer, pulling on the metal connectors but not the wires, and remove the timer from its washer in order to verify it.
  4. Utilizing a multi-meter with the Rx1 settings, make sure you connect the probes with the terminals controlling the motor (refer to your wiring diagram) to check for continuity. You should get a reading of zero or nearly zero.
  5. If you don’t get this reading, you’ll require a Hoover replacement timer.


Lid Switch:

A safety feature found in top load Hoover washing machines is the lid switch. The lid switch is usually found beneath the main top. It’s in series with the motor circuit. It has to be switched on in order for the motor to operate. When the lid is closed an extension or pin on the lid pushes against the lever for the lid and closes the switch. The lid switch needs to be examined if the Hoover washer does not agitate or the motor doesn’t get enough power. How to check the lid switch on aHoover washing machine:

  1. Start by disconnecting your Hoover washing machine. then remove the top cabinet or panel.
  2. Find the switch and confirm that it’s being activated as the lid is closed. To determine if it’s open, remove the switch.
  3. Set your multi-meter to the Rx1 setting, then connect the probes to the terminals, and then hold the switch button. The multi-meter should give the reading as zero or near zero.
  4. If your test yields different results, you will require a Hoover replacement lid switch.


Selector Shift:

Some models have a selector switch that regulates the speed of the motor. If the switch is damaged, it can prevent the motor from working. How to test the selector switch on theHoover washing machine with an multi-meter:

  1. Unplug the Hoover washing machine prior to starting since you’ll be handling electrical components.
  2. Find the switch for the selector on the Hoover appliance and pull the switch off. It’s likely to be attached to the frame of the Hoover washer. It is necessary to take off the entire or a portion of your cabinet in order to get it out of the way.
  3. With a multi-meter set to the Rx1 setting, you’re going to test one button at a moment for continuity. Connect the probes to the terminals and press the first button. The reading should change from infinity to zero. Continue to connect the probes to the terminals, then press a second button. The reading should return to infinity
  4. If the results of your test differ from the ones above it is necessary to purchase a Hoover replacement selector switch.


Water Level Switch:

The water level switch is located on top-load Hoover washers and allows you to choose the proper level of water. The switch can also be used to supply power to the drive motor. Once the proper water level is achieved, the switch will take the water inlet valve and will supply electricity to the circuit for driving. The pressure switch might be the reason why your washer is not filled and does not shake. Test the water level switch in the Hoover washing machine:

  1. Unplug the power source from your Hoover washer.
  2. The water level switch is usually found behind the control panel . However, it may also be located in the sump below the tubs.
  3. Before you replace the switch, make sure to remove the air dome hose. The hose should be submerged in water and make sure it is sealed. Then blow air into the other end, and look for bubbles. It is also important to look for any obstructions within the hose as well as look for signs of cracks or wearing.
  4. If your air dome hose is not leaky, you may need an upgrade to the water level switch from Hoover.