Where can I get a replacement bearing for the tub without having to buy the whole outer tub?
Answer Hello Carlos,
The bearing, outer tub seal and tub are sold as an assembly W10253866 for a reason. You see, if the bearing isn't installed exactly straight, the spinner support shaft rides at an angle which destroys the tub seal in just a few loads. When the seal is destroyed, the detergent water leak from the wash tub goes directly into the spin bearing. This washes the lubrication out of the bearing, causing it to fail pre-maturely. The manufacturer uses a special "jig" at the factory to properly install the bearing and seal assemblies into the outer tub to prevent this from occurring. When the design first came out, the bearing and seal were available individually. Trained technicians in the field had such a high failure rate that the tub assembly with the seal and bearings pre-installed was made the only way to get the parts. I don't know of any way to get the bearing only for this reason since the individual parts have been eliminated from availability by the manufacturer.
How do I install a main bearing?
Answer Hello John,
The instruction sheet reads as follows:
1. Remove Toe Panel with a 5/16” nut driver. Loosen bottom screws far enough to tip bottom of panel out and away from washer. Remove 2 screws holding Front Panel to Cabinet. Tip Front Panel bottom away from Cabinet and remove. Remove two screws holding Top assembly to Cabinet. Carefully Lift Top Assembly, and prop in an open position.
2. Remove fabric softener dispenser by unsnapping from agitator. Remove agitator by one of two ways. 1. (Auger style agitators) Loosen bolt in agitator and remove by sliding straight up output shaft of transmission. 2.(Flex vane agitators) Remove flex vane agitator by placing hands under agitator lip and pull upward. If agitator is difficult to remove, use two agitator removal hooks, No. 254P4P under bottom edge of agitator. Remove drive bell by pulling upward. If drive bell is difficult to remove, use agitator hooks.
3. Remove six tub springs from lower lip of outer tub using spring hook tool 289P4. Remove counter balance spring located in the rear of the washer.
4. Unsnap and remove Outer Tub Cover.
5. Remove O-Ring from transmission output shaft. During reassembly, be sure to install new O-Ring (25-7941) provided with kit.
6. Use spanner wrench (35-2968) and seal tool (22002898) to remove seal nut.
7. Remove inner tub bolts and inner tub.
8. Remove lint filter.
9. Remove washtub hub with Maytag spanner tool 22038313. Turn spanner counterclockwise to remove. It may be necessary to lock transmission from turning. Attach clamp or Visegrip® tool to transmission only as shown. Transmission will stop rotating when clamp contacts tub support.
10. Disconnect tub drain hose from outer tub.
11. Remove bolts from motor assembly and drop motor down to base. Disconnect wire harness from motor tap.
12. Remove drive belt from transmission pulley.
13. Remove pressure hose from pressure bulb on outer tub.
14. Lift outer tub and transmission assembly out of washer cabinet. Turn outer tub and transmission assembly upside-down on protective padding.
15. Remove screws holding leg support to outer tub. Separate transmission assembly from outer tub.
16. Remove seal and bearing using the brake removal tool 12002012 with included 3” PVC end cap.
17. Coat new triple lip seal with petroleum jelly.
18. Apply center seal grease (056016) to Seal Nut before installing.
19. Use 3M800 on the outside diameter of the Tub Bearing as shown.
20. Install new bearing using Brake/Bearing tool 12002012, large washers and PVC end cap. Important: Use large washers to prevent damage to bearing.
21. Confirm the lower bearing which is located in the Milk Stool has not been damaged from a water leak (Bearing #40004001).
22. Reassemble washer.
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I purchased the main bearing from you. Can you give me a replacement procedure? Thank you. Chipper
Answer Chipper, There's a lot involved in repalcing the main tub bearing. We're sending you as much information as possible, and you'll have a better idea of what's involved. Thanks
on the spin cycle the tub bounces from side to side making a very loud noise and i found some rectangle pieces of rubber in the bottom area
Answer Tom, Are you sure the pieces are rubber and not plastic ? The friction ring or base could be the issue 40037401 and 27001226 for the side to side motion. The other rectangular shaped "rubber" would be the brake pads R0000014, so does the tub stop spinning (in a couple of seconds)when the lid is raised, or does it "coast" down to a stop ? Thanks
The spin belt burned in half and smoke filled the room. The belt appears to be burned only in one place. If this is the bearing locked up would this happen?
Answer Hello Joe,
Yes it would. I would first check to be sure the pump hasn't gotten a foreign object in it as this would cause the same thing. Anything that stops a pulley will burn the belt off.
My washer is leaking from the main bearing assembly #AP4049019, is this the part I need to replace?
Answer Hi Larry.Based on the information you provided, it sounds like the main bearing AP4049019 and the hub kit AP4253876 will need to be replaced. The bearing is bad, but if you do not replace the hub kit, the unit will leak. Thank You.