Is the agitator supposed to be loose?
Top-load washers with an agitator (l and newer) are designed to be slightly loose. This “wobble” allows the agitator to flex with the clothes when washing heavy loads, which helps protect clothing. The agitator does not need to be tightened; this is normal.
Why did my washer stopped agitating?
If your washer fills with water but doesn’t agitate, the problem is likely to be a faulty lid switch, a broken belt, or a problem with the motor. (Note: Direct-drive washing machines do not have belts.)
Should washer agitator spins freely?
Yes, this is normal operation for the agitator to move freely in both directions after a cycle or just sitting there while not being used. From what your describing I recommend replacing the agitate dogs. These are small clutches that only allow the auger to rotate in one direction.
Should washer tub spin freely?
The spin basket on your washer should not turn freely. The basket has a brake to stop it when the washer turns off or the lid is opened. If the washer has an odor, you might want to check the drain hose.
How do you realign a washing machine drum?
If your washer is located on a pedestal, the problem can be amplified. Top-loading washers automatically adjust to level. If something has shifted, you can relevel a top-loading washer by tipping the washer forward, then placing it back on the floor. Front-loading washers level by turning a leg to raise or lower it.