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  • cassowary Mar 12, 2009

    It is a Maytag, Heavy Duty Large Capacity, at least 12 yrs old (maybe more). I had a heavy load in it when it started squeaking and then smoking. Is it possible the motor is ok?


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What brand is it.some brands you can tighten the belt by taking motor loose and it works like tension pully and tighten when belt feels tight.some you just need to change the belt because they do stretch over time.

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  • mike cooksey Mar 12, 2009

    I would replace belt but before replacing check all pullys to see if they are locked up or hard to turn and in good condition.


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