How To Fix Inglis Washer That Won’t Agitate

It’s painful to find out that you’re Inglis washing machine isn’t agitating during the wash cycle. However, before calling a repairman or purchasing an entirely new washer there are some troubleshooting steps you can take to solve the problem by yourself.

We’ll go over the most commonly-cited reasons why your Inglis washer won’t spin and provide step-by step instructions for how to fix it. From a worn drive belt to a faulty lid switch, we will discuss it all, thereby helping you save time and money in the process. If your Inglis washing machine isn’t moving, don’t worry, read on to learn how to solve the issue. Agitator :In top loading washing machines from Inglis, the agitator is the one responsible for moving clothes through the detergent and water and is powered by the shaft that is the output of the transmission. The output shaft is normally divided into splined sections, and the center of the plastic agitator will be fitted with a matching spline to ensure a tight fitting.

According to the brand, the agitator could be a single-piece unit or a dual-action two-piece agitator. How to inspect the agitator in the Inglis washing machine:

  1. Unplug the Inglis washing appliances from the power source.
  2. Take off the dispenser for fabric softeners or the top cover, based on your model, in order to access the agitator. Try to manually turn the agitator. Once it has been splined you will feel some resistance.
  3. Take the agitator out of the appliance to inspect it in greater detail. The majority of agitators remain in the position with a bolt that connects to the top of the transmission shaft. Some models use a small set screw located inside the barrel of the agitator just above the base to fix the agitator onto the shaft, while others utilize an O-ring made of rubber for a tight fitting.
  4. It is necessary to replace a Inglis agitator when your agitator is damaged or worn in any of its components, particularly on the splines.


Agitator Directional Gears

Top loading Inglis washers using an agitator that has dual actions could cause the top part of the agitator to become detached from its bottom. Hard plastic directional cogs also known as “dogs” operate the upper section of the agitator. They are susceptible to wear and tear from heavy usage. The directional cogs may wear out if the upper part of the washing machine’s agitator is not turning in the desired direction or making a noise in the course of washing. How do you check the directional cogs of an Inglis washer:

  1. According to the model, unplug your Inglis washer and remove the dispenser to soften your fabric.
  2. Locate your agitator cogs. To gain access to the cogs you might need to remove off the base, top or cap, depending on the model.
  3. Visually inspect the cogs to see if there are any damages, discolorations or wear. Also, look for any cogs that are missing.
  4. If your cogs exhibit any of the signs mentioned above, you’ll need a set of Inglis replacement directional cogs.


Agitator Coupler & Cap & Bolt:

Some models of top loading Inglis washers utilize a coupler that connects the transmission shaft and the agitator. The drive coupler is splined on the inside to match the transmission and it is splined to the outside to align with the agitator. If your Inglis washing machine is making a grinding sound in the wash cycle and the agitator turns freely then the drive coupling could be damaged. How to inspect and replace the agitator coupling on aInglis washing machine:

  1. Before starting you should disconnect your Inglis washer from power source.
  2. In order to access the coupler of the agitator, you will first need to remove the fabric softener dispenser , or top cover, based on your model. Then, you will then need to take off the agitator.
  3. Unthread the bolt that holds the coupler to the shaft of transmission and take it off the appliance. Inspect the coupler for cracks, wear, burnt or rusty, as well as damage.
  4. You’ll need a Inglis replacement coupler in the event of any of these issues.


Direct Drive Motor Couple

Top load washers from Inglis use direct drive motor couplings that transfer power from motor to transmission. The drive coupling constructed consisting of two plastic drive forks as well as an elastic coupling. It is connected to the motor to the transmission. The drive shaft is linked to one of the forks, while the other one is connected an input shaft for the transmission. The rubber coupling between drive forks absorbs the torque generated by the shaft of the motor to stop them from breaking. The normal use of the coupling will cause wear on the coupling and eventually the drive forks can slip and not engage the clutch and transmission. One sign of a failing motor coupling in a Inglis washing machine is that it fills up and drains in a normal manner, but does not spin or agitate. How to inspect the direct drive motor in an Inglis washing machine

  1. Before starting, disconnect the appliance from its power source.
  2. Locate and take off the coupling for the motor to examine it for damage. You’ll have to open the Inglis cabinet to reach it. Depending on your model, you may also need take off the drain pump or motor.
  3. Once you have removed the object, inspect the coupling carefully for signs of wear, scratching cracks, cracks, etc.
  4. If you notice any of these symptoms You will require a Inglis direct drive motor replacement coupling.


Drive Belt:

Some models of top-loading Inglis washers have a belt to drive the transmission. The belt may be to blame if the machine stops moving. How to find out the condition of your Inglis washing-machine drive belt is in need of being replaced:

  1. Unplug the Inglis washer and remove the access panel or cabinet to locate the drive belt.
  2. The drive belt is connected to the drive motor . It can be removed by disconnecting the clamps which hold it in the position.
  3. Visually inspect your drive belt. Look for evidence of wear, wear, fraying, or burning. 
  4. It is time to replace your Inglis drive belt in the event that your belt displays any of these signs.



The transmission in a top-load Inglis washer is responsible turning the rotating motion of the motor to the back and forth motion for the agitator. The transmission comes with an input shaft which is driven by the motor directly or by belts, as an output shaft that is used to control the agitator. If your shaft for agitation does not rotate, then first check that the input shaft driven. If the shaft that drives it is turning, but the agitator shaft fails to turn, then the transmission is at fault.

Many manufacturers do not offer internal parts and the complete transmission would be needed. Also, be prepared to replace the tub seal that is located near the point where the shaft is inserted into the tub. How to examine the transmission of aInglis washing machine

  1. Before conducting inspections on your transmission, make sure that the issue you are experiencing isn’t originating from the agitator itself or any of its parts. After you’ve eliminated any possibility of an agitator problem take your washer off and then remove the cabinet. Next, locate the transmission.
  2. Once you’ve located the transmission then plug it back in and then run the wash cycle to confirm that the issue has been resolved. You might hear unusual sounds when the system is malfunctioning. This step is important because the dryer’s internal parts are exposed.
  3. It is necessary to replace the Inglis transmission in the event that the unit becomes loud.


Drive Motor:

Top load Inglis washers utilize motors to drive the transmission. Inglis washers are equipped with a reversing motor. This signifies that the motor is rotated in one direction for spinning and draining , and the other direction to create agitation. Motors could operate in the spin direction however, they are not working in the direction of agitation. How to test the drive motor in anInglis washing machine

  1. Unplug the power source of your Inglis appliance prior to beginning, since you’ll be working with electrical components.
  2. To locate the motor, remove the cabinet from the Inglis washer. To remove the motor from the appliance, you will need to pull on the connectors instead of pulling on the wires.
  3. The multimeter must be set to Rx1 mode. Put the probes at the terminals of your motor to test for continuity. It should give a reading of zero or nearly zero.
  4. Place one probe on the terminal to test the connection to the ground. The second probe should be placed on the housing of the drive motor. You should not receive any reading during this test.
  5. If your readings are different from the ones above, you need a Inglis replacement drive motor.


Timer:The drive motor is controlled by the timer lid switch, level switch and sometimes the selector switch. The function of the timer is to provide the proper amount of power needed to turn the motor on in the correct direction. The timer may be in error if motor driving the washer fails to get electricity during the washing phase. How to test the timing in aInglis washing machine with the aid of a multi-meter

  1. Similar to most repairs start by disconnection of your Inglis washer from power source.
  2. Take off the control panel as well as the rear panel of the appliance to find the timer.
  3. Carefully disconnect the wires connected to the timer by pulling on the metal connectors and not the wires as well as removing the timer from the washer to test it.
  4. To determine continuity, utilize a multimeter using the setting Rx1. You should get a reading of zero or near zero. If you don’t get this reading, then you’ll require an Inglis replacement timingr.


Lid Switch:

A safety feature that is found on top load Inglis washers is the lid switch. The lid switch is normally found beneath the main top and is connected to the motor circuit. It has to be turned on to allow the motor to run. A pin or projection from the lid pushes against and closes the lid switch lever when it is shut. The lid switch must be examined if the Inglis washing machine doesn’t move or the motor doesn’t have any energy. How to check the switch that controls the lid on an Inglis washer:

  1. Begin by unplugging the Inglis washing machine, and remove the top panel or cabinet.
  2. Find the switch and confirm whether it’s activated as the lid is closed. If not, you must remove the switch in order to test it.
  3. Set your multi-meter’s Rx1 setting, then connect the probes to terminals and then press and hold the switch button down. The multi-meter should give a reading zero or nearly zero.
  4. You’ll need a new Inglis lid switch if your test results are not the same.


Selector Shift:

Some models come with the selector switch which controls the speed of the motor. The motor could not begin if the switch is damaged. How to test the switch in aInglis washing machine with an multi-meter

  1. Before you begin making use of electrical components, unplug the electrical components in your Inglis washer.
  2. Find the switch for the selector on your Inglis appliance and pull the switch off. It is likely to be anchored to the frame of the Inglis washing machine. To access the cabinet, it is necessary to take the entire cabinet or a portion.
  3. Utilizing a multi-meter with the Rx1 setting, you’re going to test one button at a given time to ensure continuity. Press in on the first button to change the reading from zero to infinite. Keeping the probes connected to the terminals, press in another button, and the reading should change back to zero.
  4. If your test results differ from the above results it is necessary to purchase a Inglis alternative selector switch.


Water Level Switch:

The water level switch in a top-load Inglis washer is utilized to determine the proper water level. This switch also supplies electricity to the drive motor. It shuts off the valve that opens the water to reduce power consumption and provide power to the drive motor circuit. If the washer fills up but does not move, the pressure switch is malfunctioning. Test the water level switch in an Inglis washing machine.

  1. Disconnect your Inglis washing machine from power sources.
  2. The switch for water level is typically found behind the control panel but is also located in the sump below the tubs.
  3. Before switching the switch, take care to eliminate the air dome hose to determine the cause. Take the hose off and immerse it in water, seal the one end, then blow air through the other, and watch for bubbles. Also, examine for obstructions and signs of wear.
  4. If no issues are found with the air dome hose it could be time to get an Inglis replacement water level switch.