My Maytag Atlantis top load washer model MAV8551AWW has the bottom seal leaking on the transmission. The parts are covered under warranty, labor is not. Plus this has made the brake start to go bad too. Repair is $230.
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Re: Washer transmission & brake bad - replace or not?
Kenmore elite washer,but first if you want to try to fix it yourselt look on ebay,put make and model number and see what comes up,i got a new transmission for $70 took my time taking apart then reassemble and it was pretty easy,let me know how you do-mike
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Caution: You'll need some tools, like a spanner wrench for your model...order this now of you plan to do this work yourself. You can find it for 15 dollars online, but if you go to Maytag, it can cost you upward of 90 dollars. You can get a tub seal kit for about 60 dollars. The cost for a repair tech to do this job was almost $300...gauge the $75 you going to spend plus the hours of work if you don't know what you're doing, against this cost. Good luck!
Hello there and thank you for choosing fixya The tub seal is the most common thing that causes Maytag washers to
leak. This is unfortunate because the tub seal is an expensive repair
job and not one I would suggest doing yourself. I say this because it is
complicated and requires special tools to perform this job. To check if
the tub seal is bad, first remove the front panel by removing the two
screws from the bottom of the front panel. If you have a newer model,
prize the bottom clips with a screwdriver. Then pull the bottom of the
panel until the top clips release. Then start the washer and watch for a
leak around transmission where it goes through the tub. If it does leak
then the tub seal is bad and needs replacing. If you have the tool or
willing to buy it
click here for instructions on how to replace the tub seal.
If the tub seal doesn't, leak you probably found the leak while performing this test.
Sounds like the transmission seal had failed sometime back and has leaked the lubricant causing the transmission to overheat and now possibly seizing the gears, if this is the case the transmission will have to be replaced. Depending on the age of the washer, (5 years or less) you should contact Maytag to see if they will compensate you by way of furnishing the new transmission for free, but you will be responseable for the labor charge from a tech to do the replacement.
If they will not cover the part, you will probably be better off to replace the washer than to invest in the cost of a new trans and labor.
Good Luck !
It sounds like you have either a bad bearing or more likely the transmission is going. Look to see if you have any oil leaking out of the transmission. If so, see if you can replace the seal that is leaking before the transmission goes completely. Good luck.
No boot on a top loader, the tub seal and bearing are gone, water leaked from the tub seal, rusted the bearing and quite possibly the milk stool and transmission. Check your warranty, the transmission may have a 5 year limited warranty, usually it will include the tub seal and bearing with the kit.
you have a broken coupler...this is a plastic and rubber part that connects the motor to the transmission. A $20 part
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disconnect the hose on the bottom and see if the seal is good.If it is good, then remove the back panel, start the washer and watch and see what seal is broke and you can visually see the exact spot the water is leaking from.