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Maytag Performa PAV2300AWW screaching noise, belt problem, pulley broke

I hate my washing machine. It is just a little over 2 years old. It has been making a severe screaching noise when in agitation and when spinning. Also when spin cycle begins, washer hums, doesn't spin and burning smell occurs. If you open lid and reclose, washer spins correctly, just noisy. I changed the belt (which was completely glazed from slipping) and everything seemed great with the new belt when I tested it. Washer was spinning correctly and noises went away. So, at that time, I began a load of laundry. Wash cycle went smoothly and when spin cycle began, heard a noise like the belt broke or spun off. After spending 30 minutes with a pitcher and carpet shampooer to empty all of the water out of drum, I tipped the washer over again to find that the plastic pulley on the motor was broken in half and belt was off. The pulley showed obvious belt burning marks from the old belt, so can you tell me if this is why the pulley broke? All other pulleys move freely, nothing is locked up and motor also moves freely. Please help before I either take a sledge hammer to it or throw it out my back door??????

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  • mlacey33 Oct 18, 2008

    We have a PAV3200AWW washing machine that started screeching while agitating and spinning. Soon after, the washer stopped, smells burnt, and will not empty or do anything.

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    I have Serial # 12277733YK Tag # 0325046349, Maytag Performance Washing Machine. When the machine is wasing and rinsing-the noise is terribly loud? Is there anything I can do to fix it or do I have to call in an expensive Maytag representative to fix it?



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My Maytag Performa was making the loud squealing noise. I changed out the water pump/bearing, took care of the problem.
Putting a new belt on just help burn up the bearing (they needed replacing) and probably ruined the new belt. Probably seized the water pump bearing and the belt jumped and broke the motor pully. A washing machine motor is very strong, when that h20 pump bearing seized (or possibly some bearings jamed up) the motor kept on turning that belt and the plastic pully gave in. You'll need to replace that also. If the h20 pumb bearing is turning freely, likely the bearings jammed up but or now loose. That bearing should be tight, no slack or play in it. You can probably wobble the pully on it all around while turning it. The slightest slack is too much.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008


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