Ned, given the age of your machine, you may also have an upper bearing and transmission issue. To test, tilt the machine back, disconnect belts and turn transmission pulley. In agitate direction, the pulley should turn with little resistance moving the agitator back and forth. Turning the pulley in the other direction should disengage the brake and begin to turn the basket/transmission requiring greater effort, but should by no means be difficult. If the trans. upper shaft is beginning to seize up, it will be hard to turn in agit. direction and if it is hard to turn in the spin direction, the upper sleeve bearing needs replacing.