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Old 03-01-2007, 06:23 AM
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Washing Machine Question

Ours (17 year old Maytag) is starting to rock like crazy. Adjusting the feet doesn't seem to help. Does this mean bearings are shot or something?

Is this a DIY? Are there really Maytag repairmen or should we just shop for the next one?

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Old 03-01-2007, 06:33 AM
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Could be worn damper springs,loose counterweight or worn or broken plastic balance pulleys.Took off the back yet?

You can probably find all the info you'll need to repair it online.
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:16 PM
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17 years I am impressed, however, Maytag as of late makes a lousy oven....
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:19 PM
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Ours (17 year old Maytag) is starting to rock like crazy. Adjusting the feet doesn't seem to help. Does this mean bearings are shot or something?

Is this a DIY? Are there really Maytag repairmen or should we just shop for the next one?
If you have a product made by Maytag that has worked for 17 years, consider yourself lucky. Do yourself a favor, though. Don't buy anything else made by them. I bought a stove and a refrigerator made by Maytag and they were both pieces of crap.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:59 PM
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Are there really Maytag repairmen ?
Yes, in a prior life, I was one.

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Took off the back yet?
Won't do any good on a Maytag, a 17 yo model would be front serviced.

Try these things:
  1. Check the self-leveling feet in the rear. Sometimes they rust-up and won't level comepletely. Rock the machine forward onto it's front and then let it drop back. That usually gets them repositioned.
  2. If it doesn't have the leveling feet, make sure all the feet are screwed up into the base. These machines have a tendency to rock a little and, over time, the feet unscrew little by little and get too far out making it a bit wobbly on it's pins.
  3. If your floor is wood, make sure it isn't rotted out under one of the back feet.
  4. Open the lid and see if the basket is centered in the opening. If it is off center one of the tub springs is broken or a tub support arm is rusted out. Either way, you need to plan on buying a new washer.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:01 PM
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I bought a stove and a refrigerator made by Maytag and they were both pieces of crap.
Amen. They used to make a quality product but have sold out and now make junk with a good name stuck on the front.
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Open the lid and see if the basket is centered in the opening. If it is off center one of the tub springs is broken or a tub support arm is rusted out. Either way, you need to plan on buying a new washer.[/LIST]
It wasn't centered when I opened it. I can move the tub to center it or to any of the sides. It will stay where I put it (at least until I turn it on). It takes a little effort but not a lot.

I'd like to preserve the washing machine if possible. It does a good job of washing clothes, but it's making a hell of a banging noise on the tile floors.

Thanks for all of your comments.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:40 PM
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Amen. They used to make a quality product but have sold out and now make junk with a good name stuck on the front.
I've seen this many times in recent years. They buy a company, suck it dry of assetts, and then just walk away from the dead husk of a company. Pretty short-sighted approach to business.
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It wasn't centered when I opened it. I can move the tub to center it or to any of the sides. It will stay where I put it (at least until I turn it on). It takes a little effort but not a lot.

I'd like to preserve the washing machine if possible. It does a good job of washing clothes, but it's making a hell of a banging noise on the tile floors.

Thanks for all of your comments.
The front is held on with two phillips head screws that are in the front, just below the offset in the front panel, about 6" off the floor. Remove the screws, grab the bottom sides of the panel and pull it toward you, allowing it to pivot at the top, under the top cover of the machine. When the front panel is angled at about 45 it should come free from the top.

Look inside the cabinet and tell me what you see.
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:55 PM
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I've seen this many times in recent years. They buy a company, suck it dry of assetts, and then just walk away from the dead husk of a company. Pretty short-sighted approach to business.
Clearly it's Bush's fault.
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The front is held on with two phillips head screws that are in the front, just below the offset in the front panel, about 6" off the floor. Remove the screws, grab the bottom sides of the panel and pull it toward you, allowing it to pivot at the top, under the top cover of the machine. When the front panel is angled at about 45 it should come free from the top.

Look inside the cabinet and tell me what you see.
WoW> I alao have a 17 yr iold maytag washer that does the same thing.

It's late but I'll check this tomorrow, if possible...



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Old 03-02-2007, 06:34 AM
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WoW> I alao have a 17 yr iold maytag washer that does the same thing.
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Hey, this is MY thread!!! Start your own 17yo Maytag washer thread!!





What are the odds. 2 owners, and a former Maytag washer repairman.


I love this place.

I'll check mine this w/e.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:17 AM
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Hey, this is MY thread!!! Start your own 17yo Maytag washer thread!!





What are the odds. 2 owners, and a former Maytag washer repairman.


I love this place.

I'll check mine this w/e.
LOL. After 12CST today, 3-3-07, I'll be incommunicado until Monday.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:26 AM
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Hey, this is MY thread!!! Start your own 17yo Maytag washer thread!!





What are the odds. 2 owners, and a former Maytag washer repairman.


I love this place.

I'll check mine this w/e.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:37 AM
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Hey, this is MY thread!!! Start your own 17yo Maytag washer thread!!.....
But we have a former Maytag Repairman here! And sorry I have to ask... Is there a website in which we can download repair manuals? I have a Maytag Washer (LAT9800AAW) and Dryer (LDG8600AAW) that are about 10 years old. The washer is sounding rough and the dryer seems to be taking longer to dry clothes on the auto setting.

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