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Our Maytag top loading model MAV3700 will not operate and the display shows the following message flashing LE Can you please help With thanks Pauline and Alan Plumb alanplumb@gmail.com mobile 0414 482 255

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  • alanplumb Sep 30, 2009

    None of the above were relevent to my problem which I had to self diagnose as until now I was unable to open your reply

    However you might like to add another option to future complaints of a similar nature.

    THE PLASTIC LEVER MOUNTED ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE LID WHICH PROTECTS AGAINST THE MACHINE WORKING WITH THE LID OPEN WAS BROKEN. THIS MEANT THE SAFETY SWITCH COULD NOT BE RELEASED

    I trust this helps you and your colleagues

    Alan Plumb

  • alanplumb Oct 01, 2009

    Yes Taran, my problem has been fixed with a tube of Supa Glue

    Regards

    Alan Plumb



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Hi,

First thing to check is the connections to the new pcb you fitted. Ensure they are all made correctly and that they are secure.

LE indicates a lock error on the motor.

The normal cause of this error code is sensor within the motor, Hall Sensor.
However, there are a few possibilities for the LE error other than the hall sensor itself.

The connector in the lead wire assembly is not connected to the connector of the the Stator Assembly. Check the 3 pin lead to the Stator.

The electric contact between the connectors, 3 pin male, in the lead wire assembly and 4 pin female in the main powerboard assembly is bad or unstable. Check the connection of the same wire at the main pcb.

The lead wire assembly between stator and main powerboard is open circuit. Unlikely as this would give a permanent LE error.

The hall sensor is out of order/defective. Replace the Stator assembly.


Here are the instructions on replacing the sensor.

The part to repair is a Hall Sensor and can be obtained from various suppliers, search for part number 6501KW2002A. (This is a common one but check with the supplier that it fits your motor).

1) Unplug the machine and remove the back cover. There are 4 phillips head screws. Take them out and remove the cover.
2) You're now looking at the back of the motor, which is mounted to the back of the drum. In the middle is a large hex bolt which holds the stator cover (the big metal cover with the vent flaps in it). Get yourself a 17mm socket and a ratchet and remove this bolt. It's easier if you have someone else stick their hands inside the drum (through the front door) to hold the drum still from inside. It can be done without, though. Once you're at this step, you'll see what I mean. Remove the stator cover and place aside.
Watch your fingers when replacing this cover as the motor is just a huge magnet.
3) Toward the bottom-left, you will see a couple of wire bunches held to the motor by three screws. One holds a metal bracket, one actually holds a ground wire, and the last is through a plastic bracket toward the bottom. Remove these three screws and don't lose them.
4) Through the motor (the big ring with all the copper coils around it), there are 6 bolts holding it onto the back of the drum assembly, remove these and you will now have the motor off the back of the drum. The wires that the screws/brackets were holding in place will be attached to this motor by two little harnesses. Disconnect both of them. You don't have to remember which direction they go in. If you try to put them back together the wrong way, they won't fit together.
5) Looking at the surface of this motor that was facing the DRUM (not the outside), you'll see two small parts clipped onto it toward the bottom. One of these parts is the sensor that you are about to replace.
6) Replace the Hall Sensor, reassemble the appliance and try it out. Hopefully it will now work correctly.

Should you still get LE after this you would be possibly looking at replacing the motor assembly.

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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    taran_2005 Sep 30, 2009

    Thanks for your response!!

    We really appreciate your response and we would keep a note of this. The solution that i offer is a Generic one for most of the models, so adjustment is always there. We can make an intelligent guess what we have seen in our life keeping in mind the same error. For the same error, there might be 100 of reasons but we always start from 1 to 100 and i hope you would agree.

    But, honestly i am really happy that you are providing us with such a valuable information. So, kindly let me know, Have you fixed your problem or yet to fix it so that we can help you in the most efficient manner ?


    Thanks!!


  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Oct 01, 2009

    Thanks for your response!!

    We really appreciate your feedback. We would appreciate if you can close this thread by accepting solution or if you have any further Questions, let us know.

    Hope you would have a wonderful day!!

    Take care!


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