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Agitator not working on Maytag PAV2300

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 Frank

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  • Frank Gransee May 19, 2007

    Update > I managed to open the machine .. the top has to be unscrewed in the back and the front of the top cover has to be popped up with a wedge. Then the front can be unbolted with two screws and removed.
    For now I can see how I could access all the parts. I found a partlist with explosion views here:

    My shaft does not seem to be broken ... I am still not certain how this whole thing works. I could imagine some cam that engages the shaft when required ?

    What could stop the agitator shaft from turning ?


  • Frank Gransee May 21, 2007

    Thank you may be that the transmission is *about* to go (?) because the machine runs like normal again after I took the agitator top pieces (plastic) off, removed the cover (front), checked for debris under the machine and watched the mechanical action without the front cover (while filling the tub and starting the agitating cycle).

    I cannot claim that I fixed something besides some cleaning. (the agitator plastic pieces were -to my surprise- quite dirty from the inside. There was also more dust and stuff under the machine than I would have thought). But I don't think the cleaning actually fixed something.

    After what you wrote I kind of expect the machine to go sometime soon ...

    By the way the odd bearing noise I mentioned comes from the one-way clutch bearing in the upper agitator piece. Not a functional problem.

    Thank you for your advice !




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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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