Maytag topload won't agitate

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Old 12-17-02, 08:10 PM
krushwiliner
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Maytag topload won't agitate

I have a Maytag topload washer that does not agitate. It had been working fine, until I used it tonight. It filled as normal, but when the agitator should have started a whine began and I believe there was a faint odor of burning rubber. I'm thinking belt problems. I advanced the controls to drain the water from the tub and it spun fine and removed the water. Is this still a belt problem or something else? Thanks for any info.
 
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Old 12-18-02, 03:17 AM
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Hi,

Maytag topload washer that does not agitate, this still a belt problem or something else?
No mention of age or model#...we will presumme a Dependable Care Maytag model....tilt washer up to remove the belts...

<img src="http://www.applianceaid.com/images/maywashbelts.JPG">

...try turning the large center pulley....one way is spin and the other way is agitation. The tranny locking up, hard to turn or seizing up, often stops the agitation and the belt makes that odor when it has trouble turning the tranny pulley.
Now you can check the belts for any damage at the same time.

jeff.
 
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Old 12-18-02, 01:01 PM
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Thanks for the info, Jeff. First off, I'm not sure of the age of the washer. I bought it used. It is a Maytag Model # A806.

I followed your suggestion and looked underneath. The belts look OK. It was fairly easy to spin one way (clockwise), but somewhat resistant the other (counter-clockwise). It would still turn, but it took a lot of effort and occasionally the belt to the center pulley would slip. I hope this will shed some more light onto as what the problem is.
 
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Old 12-18-02, 02:44 PM
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Hi,

For spinning...The drive motor starts in the clockwise direction.

For agitating...The drive motor to start turning in the counter-clockwise direction.

Maytag Model # A806
OLD!! 20-25 years.

but somewhat resistant the other (counter-clockwise)
Tranny may be tightening up...or on a washer that old, the tranny oil may have thickened up and is now like thick syrup

Sounds like the tranny may be locking/tighening up and the belt/motor is having trouble going...giving off that odor...with a washer that old...might be best to start saving towards a new one...unless it is in *mint* shape...a new tranny and belt could be $3-400.00

jeff.
 
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Old 11-30-06, 08:29 PM
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Remove a Maytag A-806 agitator

I too have a Maytag A-806 with a stuck agitator. I have the tub and transmission removed from the washer but can not figure out how to remove the agitator and separate the transmission from the tub. I am planning on opening up the transmission, cleaning it and regressing or oiling it.

I need help in how to remove the agitator and seperate the tub from the drive shaft, as well as what to oil or grease when I put it back together. I know that I am putting more time into it then I should but I am having fun trying to get a 50 year old washer working again (and the motor and pump were replaced 2 years ago). I also plan on replacing all the hoses. If I am unsuccessful at least I can cary it out of the basement in pieces.

Thanks for the help!

Dan
 
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Old 12-01-06, 12:38 PM
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Hi Dan Welcome to the DoItYourself.com forums

This might help you:

http://www.applianceaid.com/generalwash.html#agitator

There are 2 different style Maytags shown. I'm not sure if you can relate to either one but I hope it helps. If you click on either one (or both) there are simple instructions and a photo to help.
 
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Old 12-01-06, 02:52 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion but...

Thanks for the suggestion, I saw that one before I posted to doityourself.com

Mine is older then the ones mentioned on that site. I found out how on a site cashed in google: http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache5HXbdUyBwwJ218.ezboard.com/fmikemerrittmotorsfrm13.showMessage%3FtopicID%3D988.topic+how+to+remove+agitator+in+A-806&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=9&client=firefox-a

There were not any bolts or screws, it was held on by a lot of friction. To get it off I used a 2x4 and heavy gage wire to pry it straight up. It still did not move. So I used a suggestion on how to remove a GE agitator, heat up the plastic. I taped off the drain holes of the center post, put a washcloth as deep into as I could and poured boiling water into it. Finally it started to move.

Next problem, how to disassemble the rest...

There is a metal cap at the basin seal with four square indentations at 12, 3, 6, and 9 O'clock. The drive shaft extends through the cap. There are two sets of rubber splines with a star shaped metal disk at the top of the shaft. I can take a picture it that would help.

It is not obvious what to take apart to remove the tub so I can get at the transmission. Help would be great.
 
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Old 12-05-06, 10:30 PM
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Drive shaft seized above transmission

Well I found what I needed at: http://www.applianceaid.com/tub_seal_replacement.html

All the part in the tub are reverse thread (clock wise to take off) The ring with the 4 indentations was seized and needed to be chisiled off in two pieces. After removing the inter tub the collar spins (clock wise to take off as well some amount of hammering was needed to get it to move.

The rubber splines do not need to come off, the collar clears them.

Once it got the transmission apart it was clear that the drive shaft was corroded between were the agitator and the transmission. The transmision was full of oil and the gears were intact. So it came out of the basement in pieces and it going to the scrap yard. I am going to try and sell the 2 year old motor and pump...

At least I know how to take a washer apart.
 
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