Question about Maytag Neptune FAV6800AW Top Load Washer
While agitating, the transmission will lock, the motor will go on frying the drive belt, as the belt will not turn. i turned it off and try to move the agitator manually (inside the tub) but cannot. the problem is intermittent and sometimes it will go smoothly throughout the entire cycle. when the xmission is free, i can move the agitatator either direction with little effort.
is there a problem with the transmission ? (this washer has no clucth, but a lose drive belt instead)
I don"t know if this will help or not. The one thing I know will affect the agitator is the wiring on the motor. There are generally(as far as i know) 4 wires on the motor. It moves back and forth and over time the movement of the agitater part of the motor breaks the wires. You will have to to remove the back of the washer, locate the wires on the motor, and see if they are worn out or any part of them is worn bare. I do know that if it is the transmission, that is the major cost of a washing machine and it is not worth fixing. As always, unplug it before you touch the wires.
Posted on Dec 16, 2007
Its either the transmission itself or the upper bearing. most often its the transmission
Posted on Nov 20, 2007
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WASHER FILLS, BUT DOESN'T AGITATE AND/OR SPIN
1) Check the imbalance/lid switch FOR continuity. Check also the speed selector switch (if any), the water level and water temperature switches for proper operation .
NOTE: If any of the selector switches on the console are only partially pushed in, it may cause improper function.
2) Check for a broken or badly worn belt.
3) Check the motor rollers and tension springs for damage and the motor roller tracks for jamming. Any of these might cause the belt to be loose.
4) Check the appropriate timer circuits for continuity.
5) Remove the belts and see if the motor will start. If you hear the motor buzzing, but it doesn't start in either or both directions, test the capacitor (if any) and starting switch
If it does start with the load removed, turn the pump and transmission pulleys by hand, in both directions, to see which is locked up. If the pump is locked, If the transmission pulley is locked,. Note that the transmission pulley will normally be very stiff when turning it in the clockwise direction, as you look at the bottom of the washer.
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You are correct that motor turns one direction for agitate and the other for spin. The problem you describe sounds serious but there is a chance it is not. First, try to turn the transmission by hand. If it wont turn by hand, remove the agitator and see if something has gotten under it and has it locked to the basket. To remove the agitator, pop off the top cap and look down inside. You will see the bolt that holds the agitator on. After you take it loose the agitator will slide off.
If there is nothing there, the transmission will need to be replaced. If the washer is less than 5 years old, the transmission may still be covered by warranty. Check your owners manual for warranty details. Post back to let me know what you find out.
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