Question about Maytag Legacy Series Top Load Washer
The noise was indeed coming from the water pump. To clean the pump on this top-loader you have to unplug it, pop the top open, and remove the front face of the cabinet to expose the motor and pump. Slip off the two metal clips hugging the pump to the motor. Place a towel under the motor before detaching the hoses - there's a plastic drip pan between the pump and motor to guide the water away from the motor. Unclamp the two hoses from the pump by squeezing their spring-clamps with pliers and sliding them further down the hose. Pull the hoses off by lifting the pump off its axle and pulling it out while wiggling the hoses loose. I found a small sock jammed in the pump - it must have fallen to the outside of the basket but inside the drum during the last spin cycle, and went down the drain hose. Check the pump for damage and replace if necessary.Always remember that a clogged pump causes squealing, diminished spin speed, and slow drainage.
However Open the washer lid to gain access to the agitator. Depending on your model, lift the fabric softener dispenser off the top of the agitator. Some models only have a cap that lifts off the top.
Remove the barrier cap and the o-ring by pulling them out with your hands. Inspect the o-ring for damage and wear. Replace it if necessary when reinstalling the agitator.
Remove the bolt that attaches the agitator to the clutch in the middle using a socket wrench. Lift the agitator out of the washer. Some models, like Maytag, have a flex vane agitator which requires it to be lifted off bell housing. This is accomplished by inserting two screwdrivers opposite each other between the tub and the agitator. Lift up to remove from the bell housing.
Turn the agitator over to reveal the cogs that are in place. Remove the cogs from the agitator by snapping them out.
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