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Agitator not working on Maytag PAV2300

My Maytag PAV2300 is about 7 years old. A few weeks ago we noticed some grinding noise while the machine was agitating. It sounded like a bad bearing but not quite that intense. I am fairly certain that it came from the top part (softener unit) of the agitator because I still can hear that directional bearing making noise when turned manually. The machine was fully functional. Today the agitating movement quit. However, the machine drains and spins as it should. Further observations: The belt is ok and can be moved by hand. All pullies (motor, pump and main shaft) move quietly. I removed the agitator from inside the tub. The engagement between shaft and the large plastic cap is secure and shows no sign of wear. So the shaft of the agitator is not spinning. (I am hesitant to directly confirm that with water in the tub since the grease on the shaft may cause is mess - proofing the obvious.) I removed all the bolts on the outside of the machine but I have trouble removing the cover unit (does it have to be pulled up?) How does the machine with one pulley on the center shaft activate at times the drum (tub) and at other times the agitator shaft ? I hope someone can give me a few hints Frank

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Re: Agitator not working on Maytag PAV2300

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the transmission in your unit is bad,it has internal gears and the ones involved in the agitation are broke or bad, to replace the transmision is a lengthy process, your best bet is to just scrap it and get a new washer. I don't know if you know this but maytag company is no longer in business. They were purchased by Whirlpool back in November of 2006. One of the reasons is all the poor quality of their appliances. I am a technician that has been doing this for 15 years. The best unit I have seen to date is the Whirlpool Duet. I hardly ever have to work on them. Sorry for the bad news. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 20, 2007

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