In order to remove the agitator from a top-loading Kenmore washing machine, one must have the following tools: one flat-head screwdriver, one 8-to-10-inch socket extension, one socket wrench and one 1/2-inch or 7/16-inch socket. The first step is to unplug the washing machine.
Next, open the lid, and remove the fabric softener dispenser. Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove the cap of the agitator to expose the bolt. Some machines have a plastic dust cap that must be removed prior to reaching the bolt. Use the appropriate-sized socket to remove the bolt inside of the agitator. Once the bolt is removed, lift the agitator up, and take it out of the machine.