How To Fix Miele Washer That Won’t Agitate

It’s a bit difficult to discover that you’re Miele washing machine isn’t agitating in the wash cycle. There are steps you can take to resolve the issue on your own instead of seeking help from an expert or buying new washing machines. We will discuss the most frequently-cited reasons for why your Miele washer won’t spin and offer step-by step instructions on how to fix it. From a damaged drive belt or a defective lid switch, we’ll take care of it all, making your life easier and saving money in the process.

So, if your Miele washing machine isn’t moving, don’t worry take a look at this article to discover how to fix it. Agitator : In top loading Miele washing machine, the agitator moves the clothes through water and detergent. It is driven by an output shaft from the transmission. The output shaft is normally divided into splined sections, and the center of the plastic agitator is fitted with a spline with a similar shape to ensure an exact fitting. The brand of the agitator will determine whether the agitator could be a single-piece unit or a dual-action two-piece agitator.

How do you inspect a Miele washing machine agitator

  1. Remove the Miele washing appliances from the power source.
  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. There should be some resistance as it gets getting splined.
  3. To look at the agitator more carefully, take it off the appliance. Most agitators are held into place by a bolt which runs through the top of the shaft. Some models use a small set screw inside the barrel of the agitator just above the base to fix the agitator onto the shaft, while some will utilize an O-ring made of rubber for a tight fitting.
  4. You will need a replacement Miele agitator in the event that your agitator has been damaged or worn out on any of its components, particularly on the splines.


Agitator Directional Cogs: On top loading Miele washers that use an agitator with two actions, it’s possible for the upper part of the agitator to be disengaged from the bottom part. Cogs with directional properties made of plastic also known as “dogs”, drive the upper section of the agitator. They are susceptible to wear and tear because of heavy use. If the upper portion of your agitator turns in one direction or makes an ear-piercing sound during the wash cycle then the directional cogs might need to be replaced. How do you check the directional cogs of the Miele washing machine

1. Depending on the model, disconnect your Miele washer and remove the dispenser to soften your fabric.

2. Locate your agitator cogs. To get to the cogs, you may have to take off the top, base or cap, based on the model.

3. Examine the cogs visually to check for discolorations, wear or damage. Also, ensure sure that there are no missing cogs.

4. If your cogs have any of the symptoms described above, you will need an entire set of Miele replacement cogs for directional use.


Agitator Coupler & Cap & Bolt:

Some top-loading Miele washers have a coupler between their shafts of transmission and the agitator. The drive coupler is splined from the inside to match the transmission, and splined on the outside to be able to match the agitator. If your Miele washing machine is making a grinding sound during the wash process and the agitator turns freely then the drive coupling could be damaged. How to examine and repair the agitator coupler on theMiele washing machine:

1. Before you start the inspection, shut off your Miele washer.

2. In order to access the coupler that connects the agitator to the agitator, will first need to remove the dispenser of fabric softener or top cover, based on your model, and you’ll need to take off the agitator.

3. Take the coupler off it by taking off the bolt that holds it to the shaft of transmission. Examine the coupler to determine if it is cracked or wear, burnt damaged, rust, or damage.

4. If you find any of these, you will need a Miele replacement coupler for agitators. Direct Drive Motor Coupling :Some top load Miele washers have direct drive motor coupling that transfers energy from the motor to the transmission. The drive coupling links the motor and the transmission. It’s comprised of two plastic drive forks and a rubber coupling between them. The drive shaft is linked to one fork, while the other one is connected the shaft that is used for transmission input. When the shaft of the motor rotates the coupling of rubber between the drive forks absorbs the forces to keep the forks from breaking.

Regular use will cause wear to the coupling. At some point the drive forks will slip and not engage with the transmission or clutch. One of the most frequent signs of a failed motor coupling is when the washing machine drains and fills normally but will not spin or agitate.

How to test the motor coupling on the Miele washing machine:

  1. Before you begin, unplug your appliance from the main power source.
  2. Locate and remove the motor coupling, so that you can inspect it. You’ll have to unlock the Miele refrigerator to access it. If your model is different you might also have to take out the drain pump or motor.
  3. Once you have removed the item, check the coupling closely for signs of damage, wear cracks, etc.
  4. If you find any of these symptoms You will require a Miele replacement direct drive motor coupling. Drive Belt :Some models of top loading Miele washers have belts that drives the motor. The belt could be to blame if the washing machine stops working.


How do you determine if your Miele washing machine drive belt needs to be replaced:

  1. After disconnecting the plug on the Miele washer, open the access panel or cabinet in order to locate the drive belt.
  2. The clamps can be removed that hold the belt in place, and then remove the drive belt from the drive motor.
  3. Visually inspect your drive belt. Examine for wear, fraying or other indications of wear and tear to the drive belt.
  4. If your belt exhibits any of the indications listed above, you’ll need a Miele replacement drive belt. Transmission :The transmission in a top load Miele washer is responsible for turning the rotating motion of the motor to the back and forth motion required by the agitator. Transmissions are equipped with an input shaft that is driven by either the motor directly or through the belt. The output shaft is driven by the agitator.


If your shaft for agitation does not rotate, then first confirm that the input shaft is being driven. If the input shaft is turning but the agitator shaft doesn’t turn then the transmission could be not working properly. The majority of manufacturers don’t supply internal components and a complete transmission would be needed. It is vital that you can replace the tub seal at the point where the shaft enters into the tub. How to examine the transmission inside theMiele washing machine:

1. Before inspecting your transmission check to ensure that your issue isn’t related to the agitator itself or any other components. Once you have eliminated the possibility of a problem with your agitator take your washer off and take it out of the cabinet. Next, you need to locate your transmission.

2. Once you’ve located the transmission Plug it back in and run the wash process to confirm that the issue has been solved. You might hear unusual sounds when the transmission is damaged. Use caution when performing this procedure since the internal parts of your dryer will be exposed.

3. You will need a replacement Miele transmission if the transmission becomes noisy.


Drive Motor: Top load Miele washers make use of motors to drive the transmission. Many Miele washing machine models use an inverse motor, which means the motor rotates in one direction for agitating and in the opposite direction to drain and spin. Motors can operate in the direction of spin, but not in the direction of agitation.

How do you test a Miele washing machine drive motor:

  1. Connect the power source to your Miele appliance before beginning as you’ll be handling electrical components.
  2. Remove the cabinet of your Miele washer in order to find and take out the drive motor. To remove the motor from your appliance, you will need to pull the connectors , not the wires.
  3. Set your multimeter to the Rx1 setting. Test for continuity by placing the probes over the terminals of the motor. A reading should be negative or close to zero.
  4. To test the ground connection, leave one probe on the terminal and place one on the metal housing of the motor drive. You should not receive any result during this test.
  5. If your readings do not match those described above, you need a Miele replacement drive motor.


Timer: The drive motor is controlled by the timer, lid switch, water level switch, and occasionally, the selector switch. The purpose of the timer is to supply the correct power to start the motor in the correct direction. The timer may be defective if the motor in the drive of the washer doesn’t get electricity during the wash phase.

How to test the timer on a Miele washing machine using a multimeter:

  1. As with most repairs, start with disconnecting your Miele washer from the power source.
  2. The control panel must be removed along with the rear panel of the appliance to find the timer.
  3. To test the washer, pull the connectors that are not metal , and then disconnect the wires from the timer.
  4. Using a multi-meter on the Rx1 setting, connect the probes with the terminals that control the motor (refer to the wiring diagram) to determine if there is continuity. The reading should be zero or near zero.
  5. If you do not get this reading, you will need an Miele replacement timer.


Lid switch: The lid switch is a security feature on top-load Miele washing machines. The lid switch is normally situated beneath the main top. It is in series with the motor circuit. It needs to be turned on to allow the motor to run. A projection or pin that is located on the lid presses against and closes the lever of the lid when it’s closed. If the Miele washer is not shake and the motor isn’t getting any power then you must check the switch on the lid.

How to test the switch that controls the lid on the Miele washer:

  1. Start by unplugging the Miele washer. Next, pull out the top panel.
  2. Find the switch and confirm that it’s working when the lid is closed. To confirm if it’s activated taking the switch out.
  3. Switch your multimeter to Rx1 and touch to the terminals with probes. Press the button and hold it down. The multimeter should show zero or close to zero.
  4. If your test produces different results, you’ll need a Miele replacement lid switch. Selector Shift : Some models have the selector switch which controls the speed of motor. The motor may not start in the event that the switch is damaged.


How to test the selector switch in a Miele washing machine using a multi-meter

1. Unplug your Miele washing machine prior the start of your test since you’ll be handling electrical components.

2. Find the switch for the selector on your Miele appliance, and then take the switch off. It’s likely to be attached to the frame of your Miele washer. To get inside the cabinet, you’ll have to pull it out of its entirety or just a small portion.

3. With a multi-meter set to the Rx1 setting, you’re going to test one button at a time to ensure continuity. Touch the probes to the terminals and then press the first button, the reading should shift from infinity to zero. Connect the probes to terminals, then press a second button. The reading should be restored to the infinity position.

4. If your results from the test differ from those above You will require a Miele replacement selector switch. Water Level Switch :The water level switch in a top-load Miele washer can be used to select the correct water level. The switch also serves to provide power to the drive motor. The switch is used to shut off the water inlet valve to decrease power consumption, and also supply power to the motor’s circuit. The pressure switch may be the cause if your washer isn’t filled up and is not vibrating.


How to test the water level switch on a Miele washing machine:

1. Disconnect the power supply from the Miele washer.

2. The water level switch can be located usually behind the control panel however, it could also be located below the tubs in the sump area.

3. Before replacing the switch, be sure that you remove the air dome hose. Take the hose off and immerse it in water, seal one end, then blow air into the other and check for bubbles. It is also important to look for obstructions in the hose and look for signs of cracks or wear.

4. If your air dome hose isn’t running, it could be time to get an upgrade to the water level switch from Miele.