Maytag Washer Squeaking Problem
This advice is for certain Maytag TOP LOADING washers
equipped with a vertical transmission and drive belt system.
Loud squeaking noises during the wash cycle or, at the end
of the spin cycle, can be attributed to a worn snubber ring and/or brake
assembly. The snubber is a plastic ring located under the tub support. It helps to reduce vibration as the tub
agitates and spins. You cannot
lubricate the snubber to get rid of the noise. In fact, you may damage the
washer if you do. A small amount of corn starch can be sprinkled under
the bottom tub support where the snubber ring is located to get rid of some
noise related problems (this will be the round metal plate where the tub
support meets the bottom casing of the machine). A worn snubber will also cause some vibration
or out of balance problems. The brake tends to glaze over after it has become
worn and will squeak or cause sudden jerking of the washer when the spin cycle
stops. If the corn starch tip does not get rid of the squeaks, I would
recommend replacing the following parts:
Brake Rotor and Lining
You will need: Brake Removal Kit*
*Brake removal tool is required in order to remove the brake assembly
and/or to replace the snubber. There is a 200lbs brake spring located under the
Brake Stator that must be compressed PRIOR to removal or you could cause injury
The parts required to make the repairs aren't very expensive, but the tool
required to do it can cost about $100.
This repair I would rate as DIFFICULT for the average
do-it-yourselfer. If you've never worked
on this type of washer before, this is not a job that I would recommend. However, Maytag DOES provide informative how-to
instructions with all their parts.
To replace the snubber and brake assembly:
1. Remove the front case of the washer to access the washer interior.
2. Tilt the washer towards the back and remove the drive belt. Slide the drive motor towards the center
pulley to relieve belt tension.
3. Remove the drive pulley by removing the center cap and
retaining ring from the drive shaft.
Remember how these components go back together. There should be a couple of plastic drive bearing
pieces and some metal washers above the pulley on the shaft.
3. Lower washer and remove hoses from the wash tub.
4. Remove the suspension springs. NOTE: Pulling the wash tub towards the spring
you are removing will release some of the tension on it.
5. I usually remove the entire wash tub with transmission still installed at
this point and place it upside down outside the washer for ease of
accessing everything. (There are other methods, but I find this one easier).
6. This is where the brake compression tool will be required to remove the
brake rotor, stator and snubber ring.
(Instructions come with the tool).
Basically, it involves compressing the spring by turning the compression
tool CW with a wrench, loosening all the bolts on the brake stator housing, and
then slowly turning the compression tool CCW.
7. The brake compression tool is removed at this point and
the snubber, brake rotor, brake stator and brake spring can be accessed.
8. Replace any worn parts, and reassemble the brake
assembly. DO NOT forget to place the
brake spring back in place before putting the brake rotor back on.
9. Place the tub assembly right side up and lower back into
10. Reconnect all
hoses back to wash tub.
11. Reinstall all tub
suspension springs. NOTE: It’s easier to
start in the back of the washer and work your way towards the front.
12. Tilt washer back
and reinstall drive pulley. NOTE: When
placing drive pulley back on shaft turn pulley slightly to ensure it is seated
all the way on the shaft. NOTE: If the
shaft had multiple metal washers, you may only need ONE after replacing the
snubber ring. Retain the extra washer
for later use if needed. If the drive
pulley is reinstalled correctly, a groove will be visible at the end of the
drive shaft for the retaining ring to go back in place.
13. Reinstall drive belt.
I hope you find these instructions helpful.
on Feb 09, 2008 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer