The only thing I know about washers is there are these plastic "dog ears" under the agitator, that if broken, the agitator won't hardly do anything. They keep the agitator turning in one direction only. If you can turn it either way by hand, they're broken.
It is a common thing, they are cheap. If you have to take the agitator off, might as well replace them.
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