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 Posted: Sun Oct 17th, 2010 03:25 am
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OK, this is my top loading Maytag from about 1992 with the cone shaped orbital transmission and the two belts.  We never overload or abuse but it's 18 years old and has had no mechanical repairs.

Just started getting a slipping belt and slow moving or frozen agitator in agitate (wash, rinse).  The main drive belt is definitely shiny so I know that is at least part of the problem, but I wanted to get a good look at the transmission too to see if I have any water leaking into that while I'm at it.

There is no evidence of water leaking on or near the bottom of the outer basket, but I'm assuming that doesn't mean it's not leaking into the transmission past the agitator shaft.

The agitator runs perfectly fine if I push the motor on its mounts so the belt is just a little tighter, and the driven pulley on the bottom moves fairly easily by hand although I definitely notice a sort of "easy, harder, easy, harder" action as the transmission moves through its orbit.

Transmission oil is brown, thick and very foamy after agitate.  From automotive experience, I would think brown and foamy indicates water in the oil but I've found several posts about the oil being used in these possibly looking like this normally?

Do I need to replace the agitator seal and transmission oil?  If so is there anything more I need to replace?

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Here are a few pictures to accompany:

http://www.dognet.org/maytag.html

They're large but I wanted to show detail...

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 Posted: Sun Oct 17th, 2010 05:06 am
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lol i was always curious what it looked like in there... hmmf

usually i see black oil when they are leaking due to it passing through seals and graphite... to be honest, i dont think i have ever had water leaking INTO the transmission... usually if you had a seal leak you would see OIL in your clothes or in the wash/rinse water...

i would try a belt first.

check to see if the basket is moving around when the machine is agitating with clothes in it. you can get a "weak" agitation if the brake is slipping and allowing the transmission/basket to move.

your original maytag part numbers are 211125 and 211124

here are the links on repairclinic where you can buy them cheap.
drive belt: 211125
http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Belt-Drive/437301

pump belt: 211124
http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Belt-Drive/437300



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The brake's definitely holding fine.  The transmission is stationary when the motor's rotating in the "agitate" direction.

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I agree it sounds like you just need some belts. Replace both of them and do not adjust the water pump....



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i've found the oil usually turns green once water enters the tranny

 



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