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You are only having 2 speed? WHat happens when you try to use the other 2 sppeds?
Hello, I am a different tech so please only rate my assistance from this point forward as I just picked up the question. I believe Chas was just trying to get some details from you.
Now for your issue. That machine only has two speeds since it has only a two speed motor. The selector will have selections for Spin and Agitate speeds...but there are only two for each...basically Fast or Slow for Agitate and Spin, so you could count 4 total. The issue of the agitator slowing down is caused from the top bearing inside the transmission seizing up and getting tight. When this happens the belt slips a lot as it is designed to do under load, when the load is too great it slips too much causing the agitator to turn slowly. There is no clutch on that machine at all, it uses a fabric coated belt to slip that acts as the clutch. When that bearing gets tight it drags too much on the belt hence the slowness. He may have cut the springs to try and increase belt tension on the motor springs. That is all that he really could have done. The correct fix for this problem is to take the transmission out and replace the top bearing. This can be done and is a labor intensive job. This is very common on that machine, but that is the best machine that was ever built. A lot of techs do not understand this machine so the guy that was out at your house may not even know this, you really have to understand that machine to understand this issue.
If you want to see this tip the machine up against the wall and try and remove the belts. Turn the center pulley by hand, you will notice it may be harder to turn. That should move freely with one finger with nearly no resistance at all in the direction for agitate. When turned the opposite it will ramp up and disengage the brake for spin.