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Old 02-28-2009, 11:43 AM   #1
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Washing Machine Fixer Needed

The Old Maytag is misbehaving.

For a while now, at the beginning of a spin cycle, it will get very much out of balance, clang, bang, thump, move around quite a bit and shut down. I would re-arrange things and the wash would continue normally.

Today, I noticed it shuts off just as it starts the first spin. Pumps the water out but won't spin. :evil: It just progresses to the next cycle. :roll:

I don't want to do anything, much less open it up and root around looking for problems in a machine I know next to nothing about.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-28-2009, 03:31 PM   #2
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for the price of a service call and parts, you might be better off buying a new one...

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....machine+advice
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Ours did the same thing, also a Maytag.

Take the cover off the bottom front of the machine. Look at the belt that drives the tub to spin it. It has a tensioner pully that is spring loaded to keep tension on the belt.

On ours the outer portion of the pully slipped off the hub and fell down which makes it impossible for the belt to be tensioned properly.

UN PLUG THE MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

Slide the outer portion back on the hub in it's proper position. Then you can reposition the belt in its proper location by applying some pressure to counteract the tension spring.

Its been working for a few months and thats all I did. If it keeps messing up I might put some epoxy on the pulley to keep it from happening again.

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Old 02-28-2009, 04:33 PM   #4
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Pay attention fellers.
I said it skips the one rinse.
Does it have seperate gearing for each speed?
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Shatto, your description is exactly what was going on with ours, which is also a Maytag. Pull the front bottom cover off and look at the belt.

What have you got to loose?

It was a simple repair.

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I don't want to do anything, much less open it up and root around looking for problems in a machine I know next to nothing about.
Washing machines aren't intimidating at all. Open it up and get your hands dirty. It won't fly apart into a million microscopic clock gears.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:57 PM   #7
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lol agreed, their simple, motor, transmission/gearing of some sort, and a drive to the tub.
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The parts are cheap enough, I recommend just replacing the belt and tensioner. I did that one a friend's washer a few months back. I think I spent $30 in parts.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:55 PM   #9
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FYL- my 10 year old fridgidaire gave out a month ago (transmission was making a clunking sound during wash cycle) and I took it apart.

I was surprised to see that when the motor runs one direction, the transmission runs the agitator, but when the motor reverses direction you get the the spin cycle- the transmission just locks up and the whole gearbox assembly spins.

Not that it relates to your problem, but I thought I might include this info in case someone in the future with fridgidaire washing machine trouble finds this thread with a search.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:41 PM   #10
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Most top loaders do this... It makes it simpler to build.

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