Here's the same advice I gave another person with a similar
problem to yours. The squealing can be caused by the brakes, or a worn snubber
. It's usually a combination of BOTH. Since you may have to take the to disassemble the unit to repair, it only makes sense to replace the snubber
as well. The part costs less than $10 in most cases.
The following link explains the problem you are having with your Maytag:http://www.fixya.com/support/r387833-maytag_washer_squeaking_problem
It is common for the brakes on Maytag top loaders to wear and make noise, as well, as the snubber
. There is a helpful tip that you can try to quieten the noise if it is the snubber by using corn starch
. DO NOT oil it, or lubricate with any petroleum
based products! This will ruin the unit and actually make the problem worse. NOTE: If the snubber
is excessively worn, it was also cause vibration on the spin cycle.
If the brakes are worn, however, you can put a light film of oil on the brake pad. It is common for the pad to collect moisture in humid and damp climates and start to squeak against the brake stator. The brake pad consists of a rotor with a leather edge (pad). The leather can absorb moisture and begin to squeak against the brake stator. Oiling it slightly will get rid of the noise.
Confused? If you have questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information useful.
NOTE: There is a follow-up comment at the bottom of the link I provided from another user. The method this person used to release the tension on the brake can save you from having to purchase the brake release tool.
NOTE: You cannot access the brake pad or snubber
by simply removing the front of the washer. You can SEE them, but you won't have full access until you disassemble the washer as outlined in the link I provided.