Question about Maytag Performa PAV2200
I just spent $934 to repair my washer -- new transmission, brake, bearings, belts, etc. (and a new tub while we were at it)! After the repair, I hadn't stood by and watched every load from beginning to end, but about a dozen wash loads later, I happened to notice that the brake was only holding intermittently -- sometimes after the wash cycle and not the rinse cycle, and then vice-versa, so I stopped using it for fear of damaging something. Three months have gone by and I still haven't been able to get the "authorized Maytag repairman" to answer my calls and I’m beginning to think he knowingly did something wrong that he doesn't want to own up to. (At this point I’ll hold off commenting on a couple of things he did during the repair that didn’t seem ‘right’ to me.)
I invested in three 'official' Maytag manuals, so I understand how the helical drive works, but none answer the question. “If the brake isn’t holding, does it mean it’s shot or (hopefully) could something else cause it not to engage?”
BTW, even though this washer is nearing 30 years old, it has been un-abused and well loved and maintained, and looking at its 'innards', it could pass for being only a year old! I love this washer (and absolutely hate the new ones!) which is why I was willing to invest this much in the repair. My problem is that being in a rural area with virtually no access to ‘willing’ repairmen, I have to try to diagnose any appliance problem before anyone will come out.
I would be SOOOO appreciative of any help anyone may be able to offer. Thanks, Pat
Ahh..so you need a 'brake' job? What you are experiencing, is not malfeasance by your repair dude. Instead, you may be living with a 'tolerance' buildup, whereby with new parts, and an older chassis, there is too much 'give' between the mechanical components(happens in some older cars, too, as my work on a 76 Jaguar XJS will attest). So, it's possible, that the slippage is actually a dimensional issue. So, how to adjust?
You know about shims, I'm sure. It's completely possible that you will need to shim some of the parts, which have most likely re-adjusted themselves to fill the tolerance gap(not unlike some political opponents should, eh?).
At this point, to revere some mechanicals like your well proven product, should entitle you to a free lifetime of service. You ought to tell your story to the Maytag HQ, methinks.
Posted on Feb 14, 2008
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