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    • Part Number: AP4372971
    • MFG Part Number: 6-2040130
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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Hi---I have owned this machine since new and it has performed flawlessly for all these many years. I am VERY mechanically and electronically inclined, but make NO claims to being a washing machine "pro". Today in the beginning of a wash cycle the "agitator" stopped (or wouldn't start) and I could smell the main drive belt heating up--"classic" burnt rubber smell. I turned the timer into the spin cycle to empty the tub. The spin and pump work fine and the tub emptied. I removed the agitator and front panel. I also tipped the machine back to check the belts and drive pulleys. The belts are ok for their age--this is NOT a simple "belt" problem! I bypassed the lid safety switch and set the timer for a wash cycle so I could watch the agitator shaft for back and forth action---there was NO movement and the belt heated up again due to the "jammed up" state of the agitator shaft. I sprayed a little WD40 around the agitator shaft seal and "carefully rocked" the shaft back and forth with a pair of vise grips with a couple of "jabs". Low and behold whatever was jammed came "un-jammed" and the agitator shaft now rotates back and forth as normal. The machine did several full wash-loads without incident, but I have serious reservations about my "fix" and what actually caused the locked up shaft in the first place. Any help and info rendered would be greatly appreciated. PS: I realize these older Maytag's were the best of the bunch and I hate to get rid of it and be forced to buy a new one which won't ever come close in quality. What's with this thing?

Kurt for Model Number Maytag A112 series 04 Top Loader Washer

ANSWER Hi Kurt. When you start the washer in a cycle (small load) push down forcefully on the agitator and see if it now engages agitation. If it does then the transmission is bad. Transmission kit part # W10172458. Thank You. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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