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Grinding sound from washer

During the rinse cycle last night we noticed that the washer was making a sort of periodic grinding noise. It also does this during spin, but seemed to lessen as the spin got up to speed. I think the motor is fine. I took off the belt and observed that the motor and tub pulleys turned as freely as one would expect. BUT the "free wheel" pulley (?) in the back corner of the machine seems slightly off axis -- I think the term for this is cattywampus :-) -- and it definitely feels like it resists turning and feels a little "grindy" part of the way around. My questions: 1) what is this pulley for? 2) how difficult is it to get a replacement part and replace? 3) will it hurt anything if we continue to use the washer until I get it fixed? like, what's the worst that can happen... Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Joe H Maytag MAV 6000 Washing Machine started this grinding noise after tub got off balance from washing a rug. Only grinds during rinse cycle?? Any ideas? LB

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    Had the same problem. Finally stopped spinning. Had to have the bearing replaced.

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The pully is the drain pump they can go bad or may have somthing in it, pump is not bad to replace part us usually 40 -60$ , you could burn belt up and be forced to replace it also, but if you replace pump would not be a bad idea anyway belts are 20-30 $

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