Maytag LAW9740AAE washer leaking at drive shaft


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Old 04-07-09, 01:23 PM
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Maytag LAW9740AAE washer leaking at drive shaft

1995 model Maytag washer has developed a water leak. Water is coming from the underside of the outer tub, right where the drive shaft enters the tub. I'm guessing that a good bet would point me to the "Agitator Drive Shaft Seal", part number 0A4298 as the culprit, but I went ahead and got the 22204012 and 22204013 repair kits.

I'm looking for help with the disassembly/reassembly. I've already removed the agitator and am looking down at the top of the drive shaft. Does anyone have any model specific, or even general, manuals on how to take this down? (On a humorous side note: one of my uncles was an real Maytag Repairman at one time, too bad he's not around any more to lend a hand!)

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Tim
 
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please double check the model#. you are going to need a special spanner nut wrench. need model# to tell you if its left or right hand thread nut
 
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Old 04-07-09, 05:30 PM
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Good Catch, David. That title was supposed to say Maytag LAW9704AAE, not LAW9740AAE. I'd written the message and got called away before posting it, so when I got back I had to log back in and rushed through it.

OK. I've done the following already (after removing power):
1. removed the front panel
2. removed bolts and tilted back the top cover
3. removed the tub cover and balance ring
4. disconnected the drain hose, bleach and water level tubes.
5. removed the inner tub clamping nut, washer and inner tub.
(Yes, it's left hand thread)
6. removed the T20 set screw from the mounting stem.

So, my outer tub is still in place. I need to figure out how to unscrew the mounting stem from the top of the drive shaft coming up through the bottom of the tub. Looking at the new piece, it is obvious that it is also left hand threaded. My problem is that when I try to unscrew the stem, the transmission turns as well.

Anyone know the proper way to keep the transmission stationary while unscrewing the stem?

Thanks,
Tim
 
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This repair job is somewhat difficult and requires special tools to do. But if you have the tool these are the steps you take in doing this job. Note that your model number didnít come up. But as far as I know these steps will work if you are working on a Maytag washer with two belts.

1. Remove the front panel (screws on each side)
2 Remove the two 3/8 screws pointing upward. This will allow you to lift the top up.
3. Remove the agitator.
4. Remove the spanner nut (requires tool and its left hand thread).
5. Remove the top off the outer tub (some snap off and some have a clamp all the way around the tub)
6. Remove inter tub.
7. Remove the setscrew in the mounting stem (the treaded stem that the spanner nut was on).
8. Using the same tool remove the mounting stem (also left hand thread).
9. The outer tub is mounted to three legs. Remove the bolts that hold it on and remove the hoses from the tub. Once done remove the outer tub.
10. Remove the rubber boot.
11. Prop the tub up on something so that you wonít damage the stem that the drain hose connects to and step on the seal to push it out.
12. Turn the tub back over and install the new one the same way (may want to lube it with a small amount of soap).
13. On the transmission there is a metal sleeve where the tub sits remove it (most of the time I have to break it off) then reinstall the new sleeve.
14. Reassemble the washer replacing the seal, boot, tub bearing, mounting stem and spanner nut. They all come with these two part numbers 22204012 and 204013

for more on do-it-yourself appliance repair visit Appliance Repair Guide For All Major Home Appliances
 
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Applianceman,

Thank you very much for the detailed instructions. That tip about the soapy water to insert the new seal was a great one, it also worked on the boot inside the tub.

Everything went back together just slick as can be. I have a load running now and no leaks.

I might mention that I took the time to thoroughly clean all the parts as I took them out of the machine. It's amazing how much soap scum built up in there!
 
 

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