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Washer does not agitated smokes

My Maytag model is mav5000aww. top loader 8 yrs. oldIt does not agitate. It spins but it makes a loud sharp noise as it spins like tack,tack,tack when it turns and it smell like burnt or smoke from underneath. I tilted the machine against the wall to check under. the motor has black thick smoke. I took the belt off but the motor runs smooth, the middle pully or round ring where the belt goes in place turns to the right easily but it has some resistance turning counter clockwise on a full circle. also when I disconected the cold water hose from the machine it was thick with sand. I took the part off and cleaned it but it did not make a difference. please help..

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  • rokko005 Dec 30, 2008

    It looks like there are thre pullies on my machine. a.motor b.transmission c. on far right is it water pump? any way the sound on this last pully is not smooth rather kind of rough and noisy. to what do you inspect or what are you looking for to check it. Can you tell me the easyest way to remove the front panel

  • rokko005 Dec 30, 2008

    the washer does spin is just noisy and kind of rough

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Step1 Check for drum bearing failure if your washing machine is noisy on the spin cycle. Drum bearing failure is common when the bearing seals start allowing water to enter. You can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand, and if the drum rumbles, replace the bearings.

Step2Turn the drum by hand and listen for loud noises. If the drum itself is split or the 'spider' is corroded, broken or has come apart from the back of the drum it will create a loud noise on every turn of the drum. (When the bearings have gone bad, the noise is constant the entire time the drum is spinning.) Step3Look for obvious dents and creases in the drum or look for coins or small objects stuck inside the tub underneath the drum when a horrendous noise is made while clothes are in the tub. Step4 Clear the water pump from obstructions like coins or small objects when a noise occurs while the washing machine is emptying water. Step5Remove the sump hose and look for bra wires if you hear a light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand. You can also check to make sure a wire isn't poking out of one of the holes in the drum. In this case, you can pull the wire out easily with pliers. Step6Take the belt off and run the motor alone if you hear a high pitched squealing noise to check for motor bearing damage or wear. If you still hear the noise without the belt, it's the motor bearing.

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If the smoke smelled electrical, there could be a loose wire connection somewhere or the motor is failing & overheating. If the smoke smelled like rubber or plastic, there could be a problem with the pump or drive coupler. Check the motor & wiring harness.

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If the water pump is seizing up, the belt will start smoking. I think when you had to “push” the tub to get the washer to agitate; this was the beginning sign of the pump going out. Now that the belt is burnt you will need to have the belt & pump replaced. You can confirm this by pulling the unit out & removing the lower rear panel

To remove the panel
Be sure to unplug the washer before attempting any repairs. Once the back panel is removed you will see the belt either on or off the pulleys. If the belt is on the pulleys, try forcing the belt to turn clockwise. If the belt is burnt in two, try turning the pump pulley by hand, if it is seized-up, you will need to have the belt & pump replaced.


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Buy a new washer. it will cost you almost the same to fix it.
and you will have a new washer. your electric company may even give you a rebate because the new machines use less electricity. and you won't be agitated any more. pun intended

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Check that is there any wire is getting short to the motor. 

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Hi,

If your washer doesn't agitate, check these:


Lid switch If the lid switch is defective, the washing machine may not agitate or function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.

Motor coupler Many washers produced by Whirlpool® use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, the coupler wears out and fails. If this happens, you need to completely replace it.

Belts Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, you need to replace it with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive belts.)

Clutch If your washer was made by GE®, it may use a clutch for agitating the clothes. As the clutch wears out, it may prevent the washer from agitating well or at all. If the clutch is worn, you need to replace it. For this job, you probably want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.

Drive motor Many washer brands use a reversing motor. For agitation the motor runs in one direction, for spinning and draining, the other. It's possible for a motor to burn out in one direction and continue to operate in the other. If this happens, you need to replace the entire motor.

Drive pulleys The motor or transmission drive pulley may be worn and unable to turn the drive belt. If so, replace the pulley.

Transmission The transmission could have either of these problems:

  • Older washers produced by Whirlpool® have a transmission with an electro-mechanical shifter. If the shifter becomes even partially defective, the unit may not agitate properly or at all.


  • The transmission may have a worn or broken gear, or some other internal problem.


If you suspect a transmission problem, you may have to call a qualified appliance repair technician to repair it.

Agitator The inside of the agitator--where the transmission shaft attaches--can become worn, and strip out the spline that allows the agitator to properly grip the shaft. Then the transmission shaft rotates back and forth as it should, but the agitator doesn't move properly. If this happens, you may need to replace the agitator and/or the transmission spline.

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Most likely the sand you speak of has destroyed the washer transmission, that is why it doesn't spin and puts such a load on the belt that it is burning and leaving black dust over the underside. Clear out all the sand and replace the washer transmission, one question where did sand come from? is your main water line leaking?

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