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Strange sound Maytag top load washer about 4 yrs old

Sounds like a bearing grinding during agitation and a howl at times during spin

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  • ga7702002 Nov 18, 2008

    do I need the main bearing only or do i need the kit also. it's a legacy series 13 mod sav205daww Maytag

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It sounds like your bearings went bad. Using powder soap kills the bearings. THis also depends on the model of maytag. IF you lean the washer back look to see how many belts it has. if it has one it is really a maytag made by amana. Those are known for bad bearings. So good luck with your bearing problem. You will probably have to call out a technician Its a big job.

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  • Justin Duby
    Justin Duby Nov 18, 2008

    Most likely just the main. But to be safe and save a headache later i would get the kit.

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