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I have a Maytag Performa top load washer and no matter how big the load it shakes and bangs violently on spin cycle. Enough to move it across the floor. It seems to be level but one of the legs seems a bit spongy. Other than that it works great. Any advice would be appreciated as I am capable of fixing it myself if I know what to fix.

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    I have a LAT9806AAE Model Maytag Washer Quiet Plus II and it's begun to make a very loud banging sound like the drum was going to come unscrewed.
    Ted Cohen's response looks like a winner. We'll look into it. Thanks!



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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.

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Hello !

I have Maytag Washing Machine Model LA 390, when it gets to rinse and spin mode, it shakes and vibrates badly. The feet are leveled to ground but still it does shake. I would like some one to give me expert opinion, how to fix this problem. If damper pads are to be replaced I would really appreciate if I am guided how to do this. Thank you so much. M.J.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009


It sounds like the self-adjusting leg has lost its self adjustment. I would guess that this leg needs to be replaced and I don't think that this is a difficult fix. You do need to purchase a replacement leg (or pedestal) from Maytag. If the leg is welded to the machine, the repair will be harder. It will need a torch and welding rods and may have to be done by a professional.

You should know that an unbalanced, "walking" machine will, over a long period of time, lead to other problems and wear on the machine.


Posted on Apr 12, 2008


Other than repairing that one leg that seems to not be holding its height, if your machine has the capability of lowering the spin cycle.. that would help. My machine is on a hardwood floor and if it spins at the top speed, it tends to walk too. I don't have the same machine you do, but I think they will all walk if all of the legs are not level. Another thing could be the drum on the inside is spinning out of balance. This probably doesn't help, but I hope it does.


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