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Maytag PAV2300 AWW nevre agitates and only spins once.

My 4 year old Maytag PAV 2300 AWW never agitates, but will spin sometimes, (one cycle only) then needs to wait 45 minutes to spin again.  I have taken it apart and the trasmission's spindle's teeth looks fine and the bottom plastic agitator's teeth look fine as well. 

I ran a cycle, with a small load of water, without all of the plastic agitator parts to watch if the metal spindle turned, which I am assuming is the top part of the transmission, and it did not turn.  The spin cycle runs (ocassionally) with clothes and water in it, but never the agitator.  The machine is running though and all of the water cycles adding water and draining normally on time.

I think the spin cycle running after waiting 45 minutes is especially strange.  I don't know how that relates to the agitator never working????How can I tell if it is the transmission or the timer?  Or could anything else be the problem and how can I diagnose it?

I really appreciate your expertise and my wife would really appreciate me fixing this thing,

Brian Sawyer
Denver, Co.

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  • brian s Oct 26, 2007

    Also, I have checked the belt and cleaned all of the pulleys.  I also checked the lid switch and there is no debris between the tubs.


  • brian s Oct 30, 2007

    Thank you for the response.  I not sure if that is the problem because it does spin on the first cycle and that is after the agitation mode.  The agitation mode never works, even when cold, during the first cycle.

    If you will permit me, this is a list of the problems on each cycle, chronicologically;

    1. Fill, seems ok, fills with water normally.

    2. No agitation,  the belt & all pulleys turn clockwise, but the spindle above doesn't turn and the tub won't turn manually either.  ( strange thing is that in-between the two tubs you can see that there are water bubbles that move counter-clockwise....... maybe that is normal?????)

    3. Drains, after a quick click, it seems to drain normally

    4. Spin, the first time this actually works, the belt and all pulleys turn counter-clockwise and it spins fine.

    5. Rinse,  it fills the tub with water, then immediatly goes to -

    6. No agitation,  again belt and all pulleys turn clockwise, but no turn of the top spindle, (again, the small bubbles move counterclockwise.)

    7. Drains,  again a click, then drains normally

    8. Spin,  this time it does not spin.  The belt and all pulleys turn counter-clockwise, but the tub does not move..... ( just like the aggitation mode )

    Some quick notes;

    I took off the water pump and all was clear and working fine.

    The belt seems fine, ( a little loose, but fine) except 2 very small cracks.

    If trying to repeat process soon, spin doesn't work either time, untill 45 minutes or so.

    All spindle teeth seem fine.(the greasy metal spindle never turns)

    When cool, it will spin in any spin cycle as I move the dial and jump around manually

    It does the same thing every time I have tested it, maybe 15 different times.

    Maybe it is the bearings somewhere and when they overheat, it shuts down the bottom part of the transmission, while the top part of the transmission is stripped out permanently??

    Can I fix this, or do I need to buy a new washer?

    Thank you again,


  • brian s Oct 30, 2007

    I am sorry, after reading your response again, I that it was a little over my head, yet maybe on the money.  Are you saying that,

    The motor is two directional and 1 direction (spins the transmission) doesn't work at all, the other direction (spins the tub) is overheating and tripping the thermal trip.

    Please forgive my ignorance about motors, it just now hit me.

    Is it possible that the motor would have 2 problems like that?

    Any way to check the difference between the motor and the transmission having the problem?

    Thank you for your patience,




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Ive never seen a Maytag washer, but I think know the principle. So! I think the motor turns in one direction to wash & the opposite direction to spin. Now, if the transmission is very stiff in the 'wash mode', that could be why its not washing. The motor could be overheating & the thermal trip in the motor cutting off the electricity supply hence having to wait 45 mins for it to cool.
Not too sure! However I think I am on the right track. Let me know please

Posted on Oct 26, 2007


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