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 Posted: Mon Dec 11th, 2006 03:15 pm
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Well, I just discovered this forum last week when I had major Washer Woes with my 4-year-old Maytag Performa 2300 washer.  But before I go into detail, let me back up a bit.

My washer has been acting up for a year and a half now.  Since that time, it does not (about 33% of the time) spin the clothes out in the spin cycle.  Most of the time, I was able to make it start by spinning the inner tub just a bit, or by just waiting a half hour or so, and then starting the spin cycle.  Also, over the last year, it started giving a loud squeal when the spin would stop.  Drove my wife crazy.  I was starting to think that I was having transmission troubles, and I wasn't too happy about that since the washer was not that old (our last washer was a Kenmore that I kept alive for 25 years with various small repairs).

OK, so back to last Monday.  I started up a load of laundry, put on a CD, and started doing paperwork in the kitchen.  Probably 20-30 minutes later, I realized that I had not been hearing the washer, so I poked my head around the corner to see what was up.  Well, the washer was still filling, and since the tub was already full of water, it was just sloshing down onto the floor, soaking the carpet, and draining into my basement onto my guitar amplifiers.  So, after cleaning up the mess (the amps do still work, by the way), I spun the clothes out, and started up another load.  This time, the load did not spin.  The inner tub would not move, and even though I waited a whole day, the tub was still not moving, and the washer would not spin - it just sat there humming.

Now, onto the good news: thanks to some of the posts on this forum, I was able to diagnose and fix both problems without spending a dime!!!

First problem: overfilling.  This one was pretty easy.  After taking the top and front of the washer off, I disconnected the rubber tube that goes to the fill level switch, and I noticed that the tube was split (about 1/2 inch from the end that is connected to the tub).  So the fill sensor was not able to sense that the washer was full, and it just kept on filling.  Easy stuff - I trimmed the 1/2 off, and reconnected (after testing the level switch to make sure it worked).

Second problem: no spin.  At first, I thought maybe the transmission (over $200 for the part - might as well buy a new machine).  But after reading this forum, it seemed to me that is was the brake that was stuck.  And it turns out that this was most of my problem all along, but the water sloshing in the brake assembly and my running the washer while it was wet caused the problem to intensify.  The brake was completely seized up.  The only trick was getting the brake off without the $100 brake tool which prevents the stator and brake from flying off (there is a 200 lb pressure spring under the brake).  So, this is kind of a two person job.  One person holds a 1x4 (in this case, a sawed off bed slat) over top of the stator (with his feet) while the other person removes the stator bolts.  The brake and stator were easy to take off then. 

I noticed that the brake lining was totally glazed and the stator had gotten a little corroded.  So I cleaned the stator with 600 grit paper (to make it nice and smooth) and brake parts cleaner.  Then I cleaned the brake lining with 100 grit paper (to remove the glaze and rough it up a little) and parts cleaner.  I wiped everything clean and regreased where the brake goes on the shaft.

Reassembly was a little tricky without the $100 brake tool, but here's how we (my dad and I) did it.  I sat down and pushed the brake with my feet (like a 200 lb. leg press) as far onto the shaft as I could, and then he put a pair of vise grips over the shaft to keep the brake from coming off.  Then, it wasn't too much trouble to put the stator on and bolt it back in place.  I put it all back together, and viola! my washer works like new again.  So far (and I have 4 kids who make a ton of laundry) it has spun every time with gusto, and there is no squeal when the spin cycle stops.  I'm happy I fixed it without spending money, and my wife's happy the squeal is gone.

The only real bad news: I don't trust the washer completely now.  After reading the posts about this particular washer, I realize that it is not a very good washer.  I bought it thinking (like most people), "hey, it's a Maytag - it'll last forever."  Apparently, not so.  But I was able to fix what appears to be a common problem with these machines, so perhaps my success story can help others out.

So, once again, thanks to the Samurai and any others who have posted about the problems with these particular washers.  And there's some money in the beer fund for ya!

Dave Minda

http://www.daveminda.com (my band's website - check it out if my story has helped you in any way)

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Next time, or for anyone else trying to do this job without the brake tool......

A much easier solution is to remove one screw from the stator and go to the hardware store and purchase 3 screws of the same size only much longer, (like about 1 1/2" long).

Now replace the one screw you removed with one of the longer screws and do likewise with two other screw kind of criss-cross from the first one.

Now you can remove the three remaining screws, then slowly unscrew each of the three long screws evenly, slowly letting the pressure off the brake.



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Excellent technique Budget! This exact method saved my arse once when my brake tool (recently borrowed by another) mysteriously 'became' stripped and the nut wouldn't budge on the bolt shaft.



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Budget:

Actually, that's what I wanted to do, but my local hardware store is kinda dinky, and I didn't see anything that was (to me) close enough, so I went with the foot and clamp method.

But great minds must think alike!

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That's why sharing specialty tools never works out. If someone over tightens the tool, they ruin it.

Sears/A&E practices the "sharing" method. Everything is either "lost", all busted up, or missing vital components.

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