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 Posted: Mon Jul 5th, 2010 11:38 pm
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Hey all,

I picked up a Maytag MAH3000AWW used about 2 years ago. It has been a great washing machine up until this morning. My wife was doing some laundry and after 2 loads the washer quit mid-3rd-load.

After not being able to get it started again, I pulled it out away from the wall and removed the access panel. I discovered that belt had slipped down between the pulley and they outer tub.

I got the belt back on the pulley and motor and adjusted the belt so that it was on the outermost notches on the drive spindle (the farthest away from the motor housing). I checked the belt tension and the deflection was under 1".  After a few spins of the pulley to make sure everything was adjusted properly, I noticed that the belt was moving on the pulley in toward the outer tub and slipped off. I also noticed that the belt had cut a groove into the outer tub before coming off the pulley.

I have been searching around the forums and most of the post I have read about belts coming off pulleys and such have been caused by bad bearings. I have not had a chance to check for play in the bearing or inspect for signs of failure. I am posting from my in-laws as my DSL decided to quit working today as well but please reply. I will get the notification email on my blackberry. Thank you!

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That's correct.

A failing rear bearing assy will cause the symptoms that you've described.

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A wobbling pulley confirms the bearing is shot. Water hasn't started leaking through but I think if it had ran for much longer it would have.

Where is the best place to find new bearings? I don't want to spend all that money for a new outer tub assembly just for the bearings. I would rather just buy a new washer than do that.

Last edited on Tue Jul 6th, 2010 05:36 am by Chewy1576

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Carry the old bearings to a machine shop parts outlet. They can match em up.



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So there is a new development...

Tonight when I got home from work I thought I would get the pulley off so I could look at the bearing and see what was going on. I grabbed onto the bolt with some vice grips and the head of the bolt and about half of an inch of thread pulled straight out. Looks like the bolt had sheered off inside the arm and caused the pulley to come loose.

Here is a pic of the end of the arm and the bearings. Is any of that brown dust cause for concern or is it ok to just remove the rest of the bolt and put it back together with a new one?

Attachment: IMG00005-20100706-1814.jpg (Downloaded 11 times)

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You will also need this part:

http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-22001994-%3d%3di1388899&PartID=1388899

In my honest opinion, this machine is not worth repairing, especially if you bought it used.



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