How To Fix Speed Queen Washer That Won’t Agitate

How To Fix Speed Queen Washer That Won’t Agitate

If your Speed Queen washing machine isn’t not agitating in the wash cycle, it can be painful and tiring to hand wash your clothes. But, prior to making a call to a repairman or buying an entirely new washer There are a few solutions you can try to solve the problem yourself. In this article, we will go over the most typical causes of a Speed Queen machine that isn’t stirring and offer step-by-step instructions on how to resolve the issue. We’ll tackle everything, from a worn belt to a defective lid switch. This will save you both time and money. If your Speed Queen washing machine is not moving, don’t worry take a look at this article to discover how to solve it.


In the top loading washing machine of Speed Queen the agitator moves clothes through water and detergent. It is driven by the output shaft of the transmission. To ensure a snug fit, the shaft that is output is often divided into spline. The middle of the plastic agitator will have an identical spine. The agitator is an all-in-one unit or a dual-action model, dependent on the manufacturer. How do you inspect a Speed Queen washing machine agitator:

  1. Remove the Speed Queen washing machines from power sources.
  2. Remove the fabric softener dispenser or the top cover, based on your model, in order to gain access to the agitator. Attempt to manually turn the agitator. When it’s splined you may experience some resistance.
  3. Take the agitator out of the appliance so that you can examine it in greater detail. The bolt that threads through the at the top of the shaft of transmission holds most agitators in place. Certain models have a set screw inside the barrel of the agitator just above the base to connect the agitator to the shaft. Some models use a rubber O-ring to provide a tight fit.
  4. If the agitator in your home is damaged or worn on any of its parts specifically on the splines, or if you experience little to no resistance when you turn it manually, you will need a Speed Queen replacement agitator.

Agitator Directional Cogs

On top loading Speed Queen washers using an agitator with two actions it’s possible for the top part of the agitator be disengaged from the bottom portion. Hard plastic directional cogs, or “dogs” are what drive up the upper portion of the agitator. They can become worn down after a long period of use. If the upper portion of your agitator turns in one direction or makes noises that sound like grating during the wash cycle, it is possible that the directional gears need to be replaced. How to check the directional cogs inside the Speed Queen washing machine:

  1. The model you have is dependent on it. disconnect your Speed Queen washer and take out the dispenser for fabric softener.
  2. Locate your agitator cogs. You might need to take off the cap, top, or base, depending on your model in order to reach the cogs.
  3. Check the cogs’ appearance for wear, discoloration, or any damage. It is also important to determine if any of the cogs are missing.
  4. If your cogs have any of the indications listed in the previous paragraphs, you’ll require an entire set of Speed Queen replacement directional cogs.

Agitator Coupler & Cap & Bolt

Some models of top loading Speed Queen washers utilize a coupler that connects the shaft for transmission and the agitator. In order to match the transmission the drive coupler is separated from the outside and inside. The drive coupling could be damaged if the Speed Queen washer produces a grinding sound during wash cycles , or if the agitator does not spin freely. How to examine and repair the agitator coupler on the Speed Queen washing machine:

  1. Before you begin to begin, you must disconnect your Speed Queen washer from its electrical source.
  2. To access the agitator coupler you’ll have to first take off the cover on top or the fabric softener dispenser, based on the model. Then you will need remove the agitator.
  3. Take the coupler off the appliance by removing the bolt that secures it to the shaft of transmission. Examine the coupler for signs of cracking, damage or burning, rust or wear.
  4. It is recommended to purchase a Speed Queen replacement coupler when you experience one of these problems.

Direct Drive Motor Coupling

Some top load washers made by Speed Queen have a direct drive motor coupling that transfers power from the motor to the transmission. The drive coupling constructed up of two plastic drive forks as well as a coupling made of rubber. It is connected to the motor and transmission. One drive fork connects to the drive motor shaft , and the other one is connected to the shaft of the transmission’s input. The rubber coupling between the drive forks absorbs torque created by the motor shaft’s rotation to keep the forks from breaking. Normal use will create wear and tear on the coupling and eventually, the drive forks may slide out and not connect to the transmission and clutch. The most common sign of a damaged motor coupling is when the Speed Queen washing machine drains and fills normally but will not agitate or spin. How to determine the motor coupling on a Speed Queen washing-machine:

  1. Before starting, disconnect the appliance from the main power source.
  2. To check the coupling of your motor, locate it and remove it. To gain access to it you’ll have to open the cabinet of your Speed Queen washer’s cabinet, and it may be necessary to remove the drain pump and/or motor, depending on the model.
  3. After you’ve removed your item, examine your coupling carefully for signs of wear, damage cracks, cracks, etc.
  4. If you experience any of the above symptoms it is time to get a Speed Queen replacement direct drive motor coupling.

Drive Belt

Some models of top loading Speed Queen washers utilize a belt to drive the transmission. If the washer stops agitating, then the belt may be in the wrong place. What can you tell whether the drive belt in theSpeed Queen washer needs replacing:

  1. After unplugging the Speed Queen washer, open the access panel or cabinet to reveal the drive belt.
  2. It is possible to disconnect the clamps which hold the belt in place and take the drive belt off the drive motor.
  3. Take a look at the drive belt. Look for wear, fraying or other signs of wear and tear to the drive belt.
  4. If your belt exhibits any of the indications listed above, you need a Speed Queen replacement drive belt.


The transmission in a top load Speed Queen washer has the responsibility of making the motion of the motor into the back and forth motion of the agitator. The transmission comes with an input shaft that is driven by the motor either directly or through belt, as well being an output shaft used to control the agitator. If the agitator drive shaft does not turn, first make sure that the input shaft being driven. If the input shaft is turning but the agitator shaft fails to rotate then the transmission could be at fault. The majority of manufacturers don’t supply internal parts , so an entire transmission is needed. It is crucial to be able to repair the tub seal where the shaft goes into the tub. How to inspect the transmission of a Speed Queen washing machines:

  1. Before inspecting your transmission check to ensure that the issue isn’t due to the agitator or any other components. After you have eliminated the possibility of an issue with the agitator then disconnect the washer and take it out of the cabinet. The next step is to locate the transmission.
  2. Once you’ve located the problem with the transmission Plug it back in and run the wash cycle to verify that the issue has been resolved. You might hear unusual sounds in the event that the transmission is defective. Take care when performing this step as the internal parts of your dryer will be exposed.
  3. You’ll require a replacement Speed Queen transmission in the event that the transmission becomes noisy.

Drive Motor

Top load Speed Queen washers utilize motors that drive the transmission. Speed Queen washers utilize a reversing motor. This means that the machine rotates in one direction for spinning and draining , and the other for agitating. The motor may operate correctly in the spin direction but not in the agitation direction. How to test the drive motor within the Speed Queen washing machine:

  1. Before starting, unplug the power supply to the Speed Queen appliance.
  2. To locate the motor, unplug the cabinet from the Speed Queen washer. To remove the motor from the appliance, it is necessary to pull those connectors instead of the wires.
  3. Your multimeter should be in Rx1 mode. Examine for continuity by placing probes on the motor’s terminals. The reading should be close to or at zero.
  4. To test the ground connection test the ground connection, place one probe on the terminal and put the other one inside the metal housing of the drive motor. The test will not yield any readings.
  5. You’ll need to replace a Speed Queen drive motor in the event that your readings are different from those listed above.


The drive motor is controlled via the timer lid, 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 motor that drives your washer does not receive energy during the wash part of the cycle, then the timer might be at fault. How do you check the timer on a Speed Queen washing-machine using a multimeter

  1. Like most repairs, disconnect your Speed Queen washer’s power source.
  2. Unplug the control panel and the back panel of your appliance to find the timer.
  3. For testing the washer, pull the connectors which are not made of metal. Then, disconnect the wires from the timer.
  4. To determine continuity, utilize a multimeter using the Rx1 setting. You should get a reading of zero or near zero. If you don’t get this reading, then you’ll require a Speed Queen replacement timing device.

Lid switch

The lid switch is a safety feature found on top-loading Speed Queen washer machines. The motor circuit is connected to the lid switch, that’s usually under the main top. The switch must be activated in order for the motor’s operation. When the lid is closed a projection or pin on the lid presses against the lever of the lid switch and closes the switch. If your Speed Queen washer does not move and the motor is not operating and the lid switch is not working, it’s time to inspect the lid switch. How to test the switch that controls the lid on the lid of a Speed Queen washer:

  1. Start by disconnecting the power cord of your Speed Queen washing machine, and then , remove the top panel or cabinet.
  2. Find the switch , and make sure it’s on by closing the lid. To determine if it’s open, remove the switch.
  3. Set your multi-meter on the Rx1 setting, touch the probes to the terminals, and press and hold the switch button. The multimeter should show the number zero or near zero.
  4. You’ll require a replacement Speed Queen lid switch in the event that the test results differ.

Selector Switch

The selector switch is used on some models to control the speed of the motor that drives it. If the switch is defective it could prevent the motor from working. How to check the selector switch on a Speed Queen washing-machine using a multimeter:

  1. Unplug the Speed Queen washing machine prior the start of your test since you’ll be handling electrical components.
  2. Find the switch that controls the selector on the Speed Queen appliance and pull it out. It’s likely that it’s attached to the frame of the Speed Queen washer machine. To get inside the cabinet, you’ll have to pull it from its entire structure or at least a part of it.
  3. You will test for continuity using a multimeter using the Rx1 setting. Connect the probes to the terminals and then press the first button, the reading should shift from infinity to zero. Keeping the probes connected to the terminals, press in on a different button, the reading should change back to zero.
  4. If your results from the test differ from the ones above. You will require Speed Queen alternative selector switch.

Water Level Switch

The water level switch in a top-load Speed Queen washer is used to set the correct water level. The switch can also be used to supply power to the drive motor. When the correct water level has been reached, the switch will disconnect the power source from the water intake valve and provide electricity to the circuit for driving. The pressure switch could be the cause of the issue if the washer doesn’t fill up and is not vibrating. How to test the water level in the Speed Queen washer.

  1. Remove the Speed Queen washing machine from the source of power.
  2. The switch for water level is usually found behind the control panel. However, it is also located in the sump area beneath the tubs.
  3. Before replacing the switch, be sure to remove the air dome hose. The hose should be removed and submerged the hose in water. Then, seal one end, blow air through the other, and watch for bubbles. Also, look for obstructions and signs of wear.
  4. If your air dome hose isn’t leaky, you may need a new water level switch from Speed Queen.