When my wife was washing clothes, strange noises started and you could smell burning. i thought wash load was off balance or there was some clothes that somehow got under the agitator. pulled agitator off. nothing was wrong. looked at belt - it was ok, but one of the pulleys (plastic) for the belt was melting. do you think the shaft is bad or any suggestions on the cause? thanks in advance jim
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Re: plastic pulley melting
Whatever the pulley is attached to has seized. Either the water pump or tub drive, or something else has stopped spinning. The belt continued to run because the motor kept pulling it, and the friction from the belt melted the plastic pulley. Hopefully its the water pump, as its the most inexpensive. You should change the belt along with this fix, it has also got hot and probable will not last as long as it should.
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If it won't spin or drain water, you are right to look for a drive belt
related problem. The belt is underneath the bottom floor pan.
Here's what I did:
1) leaned the washer back a bit and propped something firm and secure under the front edge.
2) after seeing the belt was intact, I pulled it off, it is seven years old, and not too stiff.
3) After making sure no limbs were under or inside the machine, I had
my wife start the machine in the spin cycle and watched as one of the 2
smaller pulley's in the corners spun very quickly. This was the motor
pulley. Had my wife turn if off.
4) Attempted to turn each of the 3 pulleys that the belt had been wrapped
around. The large plastic transmission pulley in the center turned
with a little effort. The small metal pulley for the motor turned with
very little effort. The remaining metal pulley in another corner would
barely turn at all, and it should have been the easiest to turn. This
pulley was for the drain pump and was nearly seized up.
I'm sure this is my problem as it is a fairly common point of failure
and one of the most inexpensive repairs for the FIY'r. New drain pump
should be about $70-$90.
two main things pump and motor pulley.the motor pulley on admiral designed maytags is plastic and melts and causes belt to burn.also pump pulley spot welds break causing pulley to drag.tip machine so rests on wall in back and you can inspect from there.hope that helps God bless ,tom
The washing machine will do this if the load is unbalanced. Usually due to either an excessively heavy and/or large load. The burning rubber smell is just the drive belt dealing with the imbalance. Often the washing machine will self-balance itself, but it's a good idea to open the lid and re-distribute the load. Or remove some stuff if it seems too heavy.
if you are handy at fixing such things it is not too terribly hard to fix, but you will need to remove the drum. Hopefully, it is just a worn belt, you will also want to check the clutch, motor pulley and motor coupler. The motor coupler can also produce the burnt smell and the wet clothing. I would say it is definitely worth fixing. Get an estimate and go from there .