I have a Maytag Performa washer. It is about 6 years old. About 4 years ago it began a very loud screaming noise when in spinn. I assumed it was a berring so I decided to let it dye a natural death and then purchas a more water efficient unit. It keeps going and keeps screaming, it sounds like a jet plane taking off. I took the water pump off and could see nothing stuck in it. It works fine except for the screaming. I'm thankful we have the unit in the garage.
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Re: Very loud squealing noise in spinn.
If your Maytag is a top loader equipped with a vertical transmission under the tub, the squealing may be coming from, either the brake assembly, or the snubber which the entire pedestal rides on. Could you please post back comments and let me know if this is the type of washer you have?
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Look in owners manual. I think these washers have a 1/2 hp. variable speed motor. make sure the washer is level from front to back and side to side, if its not that could be the problem. The motor has a lot of force, the squealing could be a bad bearing not sure.
I was told that it was the transmission - good luck with that....
Labor alone was $175 - I ended up trashing mine (3 1/2 years old) and buying a new one.
Just got off the phone with Maytag - by all means, try to get them to pay for stuff before you throw away the one that you have....Now that they know it's gone, I supposedly don't even have the right serial number...(it was hauled away 4 days ago by Lowe's)
My Maytag Performa was making the loud squealing noise. I changed out the water pump/bearing, took care of the problem.
Putting a new belt on just help burn up the bearing (they needed replacing) and probably ruined the new belt. Probably seized the water pump bearing and the belt jumped and broke the motor pully. A washing machine motor is very strong, when that h20 pump bearing seized (or possibly some bearings jamed up) the motor kept on turning that belt and the plastic pully gave in. You'll need to replace that also. If the h20 pumb bearing is turning freely, likely the bearings jammed up but or now loose. That bearing should be tight, no slack or play in it. You can probably wobble the pully on it all around while turning it. The slightest slack is too much.
The oil is comming from the transmission. The only way to fix it is to have it replaced. alot of the orlder machiens have this happen and keep working for many years after. as for the squeal its normal. its just the break some of the oils have got in there and the squealing is a resault of that. I wouldnt be to worried about it.
This washer is JUNK!!!!!! We have the same washer (2 1/2 years old) and same problem. Tried to replace the bearing myself, no luck. So I called a repair man to come out and look at it. As soon as i told him the model number, they would'nt even come out. Very common problem for this washer. We are on our way to Sears to purchase a Kenmore.....GOOD LUCK