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The drum on our Maytag washer seems out of whack. It is rolling violently. I know some of this was caused because the legs were not level. We can handle the legs but is there something we can do to tighten the drum?
SOURCE: maytag top load washer
This solution applys to many Maytag washing machines. Perhaps not all.
Maytags have three damper pads in the bottom of the machine that must be lubricated from time to time. If they are not, they can be ripped off. They are glued to the bottom of the machine, the drum rests on top of them. When they become dry or lost, the machine shakes violently and no amount
of leveling or load balancing will fix it. Replace and/or lubricate the pads and magically it works again.
This is not a difficult repair for those that have modest mechanical skills and a few basic tools.
replacement pads and lube come in an inexpensive kit.n
I will create a web page with instructions if there is interest.
Posted on Sep 10, 2008
Strangely enough, I found the problem to be in the motor. If the noise becomes pronounced during the high speed spin cycle, then that is the problem. I had a repairman out for mine and they wanted to replace the drum, however when I took off the back and removed the belt, I could turn the drum separate from the motor and could hear that the problem was in the motor bearing, not the drum. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 09, 2008
how old is your washer? Is it bran new? Read your owners manual it will tell you how to properly level your washer and what type of floor you need. Raised surfaces will cause more of a vibration and with front loaders this is common because they spin 10 times faster than your regular top loader. but if it is banging itself inside and you hear the drum hitting the side of the cabinet you may be having a diffrent issue. Is the washer basket tilted to one side real low? Is the washer on a pedistal. If it is on a pedistal and on a raised surface YES this will cause way more vibration than if it was on a solid slab floor. What I do to eliminate walking is I cut 2 squares of mesh You know the stuff you put under rugs so that you do not slip. Well I cut 2 squares of it it is rubber and i put them under the front 2 feet so it give a little more grab so the washer does not walk. Or you can get some dampening pads that are made for front load washers. I would have to research that part number if you want me to. Let me know
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
On something like this you will need to remove the washer wrap to inspect the suspension springs & base assembly. Please see the link provided for accessing the inside of the washer. Be sure the shipping pins have been removed. The tub should float freely.
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
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Your drum is going unbalanced with the load.
Either you do have an unbalanced load but more likely is that the dampers on the underside of the drum have failed. (they are like shock absorbers)
There normally are 2 dampers attached to the drum and the frame.
They are accessed by tipping the machine onto its side.
However the machine is heavy and make sure you disconnect power and water if you want to investigate.
Cost of new dampers are around 50 each.
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