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Our Maytag Performa washing machine began making a loud noise similar to a tennis shoe banging in the inside. Now it won't spin. Could it be the belt?

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I think there is more of a problem than just a belt,If you have been actually washing shoes in there then there might be a problem with the gearbox.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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