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My maytag mav600aww just started making a loud grinding noise during the spin cycle. everything else seems to be working fine, but it sounds like it is going to self-destruct! Any thoughts??? Is it worth getting repaired or should I start looking for a new one. It's about 11 years old

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  • ccsmiller Sep 08, 2010

    Very helpful and well thought out! I decided to replace it as I agreed that it lived a good useful life. Thank you very much!!

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There two possible sources of the noise. First is the pump and second is the transmission but if the noise sounds like gear teeth grinding then it must be the transmission. The pump usually make a whining noise or a scraping not a grinding noise.

Drain the tub and unplug machine. Tilt the machine backwards to get access of the belt, drive pulley,motor pulley, and the pump pulley. Turn the drive pulley in both directions and you feel the grinding of the gear teeth if the noise is indeed coming from the transmission. Remove the drive belt and turn each pulley to check them for any grinding condition.

The transmission and pump costs about $250 and $70 respectively plus labor for a total of about $400-$450. Replacing the transmission is the most difficult repair in this machine since it requires total tear down of the machine and the special tools to be used. You may require the service of an experienced technician to do the task for you. You can definitely replace the pump by yourself since it is a guaranteed do-it-yourself task.

The decision to make the repair or replace the machine is a choice yours to make but the 11 years the machine is used, in my own opinion, is enough.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

  • xxxxjhjjjg Sep 19, 2010

    Problem is not transmission, it is the thrust bearing going out. Must be replaced, simple job to do, do not need technician, pictures of process are on internet, and all new parts including new belt, pully, spacers, bearing and grease about $52 from RepairClinic.com....requires 4 basic homeowner tools you have, and no big deal at all....I NEVER call a repairman until I have exhausted help from local parts houses and on the internet...repairment usually are messy, don't show up, charge too much, and stick in parts that are not needed.

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    Jahn27 Sep 19, 2010

    Thanks for the update and congratulations for doing a good job and saving yourself a few hundred bucks.

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