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I have loved my Maytag washer and dryer for the past 19 years and now, like my 14 year old dog, I am aware it is thinking of leaving me. I had the dryer rebuilt several years ago and it is still performing great. BUT.. the washer is leaking oil (transmission?) and has been for quite a while now. The oil is yellow in color and is primarily on the right underside. Paying for a "pro" to repair wouldn't be a wise move considering the age of the machine and I am thinking of trying to do the repair myself. Depending on if this is actually the problem, do you think it is a very smart move. Our local merchant who we have been dependent on for over twenty years now charges a "trip" fee along with the house call so just to find out what the problem is would be about 75.00. Then would be the time and materials. I love my washer, don't need all the bells and stuff on the new models and am a bit shy on funds at this time of year!! Any help would be appreciated.
Answer Polly. Good News, it's not likely the transmission leaking oil. That lubricant, is a very dark, sticky, and smelly. You likely have residual tub bearing oil running down the inside of the cabinet. It usually doesn't take 14 years to become visible. You can remove the front panel and wash the residual oil off the interior of the cabinet. Lean the machine back and wash the dripping oil off the lip of the outer cabinet rolled edge. Just be very careful around the sharp edges and screws. You'll be fine, Good Luck and Thanks
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my washer will spin & drain, but when in the wash cycle it does nothing but humes. I can turn the agutator by hand from underneath and it goes back @ forth. I'm told it's the transmission, so why is the motor not trying to turn the transmission. belts are new.
Answer Bill, if you turn the pulley, and the agitator oscillates, the transmission isn't the issue. If the washer will spin and drain, it's not likely the motor or the belts. You do want to check and make sure the motor carriage and rollers are clean and lubricated so the assembly slides back and forth freely. The issue should be in the timer 206230, theres a faulty contact and its not supplying power to the motor windings to turn the motor in the agitate direction.