My Maytag PAV2300 is about 7 years old. A few weeks ago we noticed some grinding noise while the machine was agitating. It sounded like a bad bearing but not quite that intense. I am fairly certain that it came from the top part (softener unit) of the agitator because I still can hear that directional bearing making noise when turned manually. The machine was fully functional.
Today the agitating movement quit. However, the machine drains and spins as it should.
Further observations: The belt is ok and can be moved by hand. All pullies (motor, pump and main shaft) move quietly. I removed the agitator from inside the tub. The engagement between shaft and the large plastic cap is secure and shows no sign of wear. So the shaft of the agitator is not spinning. (I am hesitant to directly confirm that with water in the tub since the grease on the shaft may cause is mess - proofing the obvious.)
I removed all the bolts on the outside of the machine but I have trouble removing the cover unit (does it have to be pulled up?)
How does the machine with one pulley on the center shaft activate at times the drum (tub) and at other times the agitator shaft ?
I hope someone can give me a few hints
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the transmission in your unit is bad,it has internal gears and the ones involved in the agitation are broke or bad, to replace the transmision is a lengthy process, your best bet is to just scrap it and get a new washer. I don't know if you know this but maytag company is no longer in business. They were purchased by Whirlpool back in November of 2006. One of the reasons is all the poor quality of their appliances. I am a technician that has been doing this for 15 years. The best unit I have seen to date is the Whirlpool Duet. I hardly ever have to work on them. Sorry for the bad news. Hope this helps.
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On the transmission there are two shift arms. One shift arm controls the agitator and the other shifts to spin the cloths. If the washer has been making a "clicking" sound when it trys to spin, the solenoid that shifts the spin shift arm is not catching and the drum will not spin. The other possibility is the spin clutch is slipping and make a "grinding/ratcheting" sound. Neither, unfortunately are inexpensive to fix.
If you can describe the sound and when it occurs, I might be able to get closer.
Let me know.
It could be a number of issues really. Smaller issues could be something under the agitator, etc, to moderate problems, like a motor coupler, loose basket, etc. Could also be a major problem like a motor or transmission. A lot of times its the motor coupler or pump making the noise. Both are pretty easy to replace. Maybe some more information. Do you happen to know where the noise is coming from? Is it coming from the front of the cabinet or in the basket area? Any small water leaks? Does the spin cycle work ok? Let me know some other information and maybe we can narrow down the problem to one particuliar area. Jim
Chances are it is not the tub. It is probably the transmission. It has been my experience that the transmission bearing starts to make noise. Look under the unit to see if you can spot any transmission oil. If there is oil, it's time to start shopping for a new unit.
I have had the same problem and found that the teeth on the under side of the agitator had been worn down to nothing... I assume this is from years of over loading (not from me) and so the agitator could not spin any more... i would tighten the bolt that holds th agitator on and it would come loose after a few loads. So my solution was to get a little bit longer bolt and newer plastic washer and tighten it as tight as i could and it seemed to work. Versus buying a new agitator base that would cost about $20-$30 and would have to wait for the part to be ordered. hope this helps
If the fill and drain functions correctly, AND the spin cycle works correctly, AND the cycle itself starts and completes correctly, the problem being that the back and forth motion of the agitator starts the loud grinding noise, it will likley be broken gears in the transmission. The single most expensive part in the washing machine.