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Maytag performa washer

Hi, i have a maytag performa top load washer....it was working the way it should but a few days ago i noticed that it wasnt spinning like it should...it spins real slow...even in wash cycle...i engaged the switch to see how fast the drum spins....it spins but not as fast as it should...sometimes if i give it a helpin turn itll start but again its real slow....when i disengage the switch it comes to a complete halt....doesnt slow down... talked to a friend and said maybe the clutch....can u help me out with a few pointers? thanks

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  • Mikeymaytag Dec 30, 2007

    Washer works fine when not under load...then it works fine when a small load is in...I sometimes give it a spin with my hand and that will get it going...I noticed a burning smell when it is spinning slowly and there is a black residue from the belt under the motor...all 3 pulleys spin fine manually with/without the belt. I suspect the belt maybe worn. There are grooves in it and the belt surface facing the pulleys is very smooth. I am going to change the belt and see if this fixes the problem

  • Will Dupont Jul 18, 2008

    My Frigidaire washer is 3 years old and the belt doesn't spin with the spin cycle. The motor kicks in and spins, but the belt just sits and overheats. The tensioner seems to be in place. There is nothing stuck in the agitator. Do you have any idea what it could be. Thanks, three kids and a growing pile of clothes.

  • merv59 Sep 03, 2008

    I have a pav2300 maytag performa top load washer and lately my wife has noticed that the bed sheets do not come out spun enough and has been giving it a second spin. I than noticed or felt the speed was not up there. Have you any hints?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    The washer will start the spin cycle but the stop only after several turns. I noticed the belt slipped a couple times also.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    The washer will start the spin cycle but the stop and also noticed the belt slipping a couple times also

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    washer will spin sometime but not always. If I play with it a little it sometimes will start spinning. how do I get it to spin?

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Hi Folks,

I'm guessing both of these problems are related to the belt slipping. There are several points to check.

  1. the belt tension. I'm not familiar with the exact details of your machines, but the usually have a an extra pulley with a spring attached to give the belt tension. Alternatively, the motor is mounted on a movable frame that is held by some springs. These springs give the belt tension. In either case check the freedom of movement of the tensioning arrangement and the springs are providing the necessary tension to the belt.
  2. Glazed belt/pulley - if the belt has been slipping it will polish the pulleys and this will reduce the friction necessary to drive the machine. To fix this the belt should be replaced and the pulley surfaces roughed up with some wet/dry emery paper (not too rough or it will wear your new belt out).
  3. Belt is too old - the rubber becomes hard and brittle and ends up with the same effect as Glazed belt/pulley above. The fix is as per 2 above.
Good luck
Bob Thompson

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