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Washing machine transmission replacement

The transmission for a late 90's model is under warranty, but I would like to avoid the $150.00 service fee by replacing it myself. How challenging would this be, and could you send me instructions?

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  • dwpet Jan 01, 2009

    THe model number is LAT2500AAE

  • dwpet Jan 02, 2009

    THanks for the help. I think i will just pay the $150.


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If you have never done this job before it is worth spending the 150 service fee. I'm a commercial maytag service tech and these can take me up to 2 hours if I run into problems. I can see if I can come up with a list of parts and tools you will need to do the job so you can judge for yourself if you think it will be to much of a hassle to do yourself

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