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 Posted: Thu Nov 18th, 2010 05:25 am
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My washing machine has a few problems and any help would be appreciated. First off, I thought I had a belt problem and when I replaced it it seemed to help; however, I am back at the same problems. The washer fills, drains, and is electrically sound. It is the spin cycle basically where the problem lies. I intentionally skip the agitation process because I do not know if this is connected or not. The machine does agitate normally and seems to be working fine. When it comes to the spin cycle (on a normally large load) it would start out very slowly and eventually build up speed until it get to the normal speed that it should be at but by this time, the timer has timed out and the machine cycles out and the clothes are still dripping wet for obvious reasons. If I put in a smaller load (medium size) it would work fine but this process was short lived. Again the washer was slow in starting but I noticed that the tub was sort of leaning to the left and when i pulled the tub over to the right, it started spinning normally and would continue until the end of the cycle; however, when it came to the next load, the problem starts all over again and again if the tub was pulled over to the right, the same thing happened as above. The exception was to put in an even smaller load in which it would work fine through all the cycles normally but it takes a long time to laundry this way because anything over a couple of jeans or two or three towels and a couple of washclothes and I am back to having to babysit the machine. It sort of acts like the belt gets slack in it because of the tub (leaning to the left) does not keep enough tension on the belt in order to orperate and by pulling the tub back over puts the tension back on the belt and it starts working again. I have taken the front and back off the washer and it all looks normal with no noticable leaks anywhere and all of the supports and springs are intact. Any help or thoughts on this problem would be trendously welcomed due to the fact that I do not have the money right now to even buy a new one but I do have a lot of time to work on it. By the way, the motor and pump are both working fine. I am not trying to tell someone that I know what the problem is but simply my observations. Thanks in advance. :shock::P:?

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Remove the front of the machine and inspect the plate that is mounted to the motor. It should have good lubrication so the motor can pivot back and forth easily. Also, your snubber is probably bad. Do you notice white shavings in the center where the transmission enters the base of the machine?



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Some posts to illustrate Sublime Master appl.techs sage advice:

http://fixitnow.com/wp/2009/03/09/maytag-atlantis-washer-with-a-sluggish-spin-and-incomplete-draining-problem-a-haiku-of-revolution/

http://fixitnow.com/wp/2010/10/19/maytag-performa-washer-dancing-around-and-banging-during-spin-cycle-you-need-to-replace-the-snubber-assembly-some-tips/



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I did what you asked and the motor does move freely back and forth and no there was not any white particles in the center of the machine under the transmission. If I wanted to lubricate this plate, what would you recommend? Also my neighbor came over and looked at it and he suggested it might be a thrust bearing problem as he knew someone else with a problem similar to what I described my machine in doing and that was what they had to replace.   

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Yes, O Grand Master (sign of respect) I had already viewed those posts and am aware of them. I was not sure that they really addressed my problem but I went to my machine and did look into both situations described in the post. As my reply to one of the other Great Knights (again a sign of respect) that address those of us who are lacking in these areas, I did not see any shavings in the area suggested and the motor does translate back and forth. I am in awe that the Grand Samurari chose to review my issues and address them (just a funny - no lack of respect though) with his knowledge and wisdom. I would like to say that your site has been a tremendous help in reference to me and the other people that I have refered your site to.:shock::D

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In the spin mode is the agitator going back and forth like it's washing at the same time the tub is spinning?



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No. That part works OK.

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you could inspect the thrust bearing assembly. It may be on the verge of failure. easy to inspect, just remove belt and dust cap.

the "c" clip on the bottom of the tranny shaft hold the assembly on. you may even notice the center of the pulley melted. Also, check the condition of the motor pulley while your down there...they can also melt, warp and cause similar symptoms.



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I did look at the thrust bearing assembly and it did look some what worn due to the fact it did not seem to release the brake all the way (some drag) so I went ahead and replaced it (the whole kit) and checked the adjustments on this. The spin cycle moves much more freely and that took out the "lean" I was mentioning before but like "Murphy's Law" it now has some other problem. When it goes into the spin cycle, it makes a rasping noise kind of like either the inner tub is rubbing against the outer tub or like a bearing that has gone "dry" (bad - no lubrication). By the way, I looked at the motor pulley and the motor in general and all looks OK but I understand about "warp" and if there is any it is very minute. I know that sometimes even a very minute "warp" can cause a problem in itself.

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Not trying to sound like I'm not together, I again went evaluate the pulleys that the belt runs on and I guess I thought we (my son and me) had checked the pump assembly out earlier but when we knocked off the belt and turned it by hand, it definitly has a bearing problem. It is still working but the noise coming from it (which sounds exactly as I described in my earlier post), I am sure, indicates that there is some sort of failure in the near future. Any way, it is going to have to be replaced for sure so I will replace it and see if that finally restores the machine to a properly working one. I will get back to you after the part has been replaced. Thank you for your interest and time.

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By the way, we did manually spin the tub replicating the spin cycle and there was no noise whatsoever coming from it so I guess that is a good thing.:D

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