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?
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