Question about Whirlpool LTE5243D Top Load Stacked Washer/Dryer

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Could I please get a follow-up to this previous issue? I just had one more question, posted on the 30th of October. Thank you!

Posted by brian s on Oct 26, 2007Report abuse

My 4 year old Maytag PAV 2300 AWW never agitates, but will spin sometimes, (one cycle only) then needs to wait 45 minutes to spin again. I have taken it apart and the trasmission's spindle's teeth looks fine and the bottom plastic agitator's teeth look fine as well.

I ran a cycle, with a small load of water, without all of the plastic agitator parts to watch if the metal spindle turned, which I am assuming is the top part of the transmission, and it did not turn. The spin cycle runs (ocassionally) with clothes and water in it, but never the agitator. The machine is running though and all of the water cycles adding water and draining normally on time.

I think the spin cycle running after waiting 45 minutes is especially strange. I don't know how that relates to the agitator never working????How can I tell if it is the transmission or the timer? Or could anything else be the problem and how can I diagnose it?

I really appreciate your expertise and my wife would really appreciate me fixing this thing,

Brian Sawyer
Denver, Co.
Comment by brian s, posted on Oct 26, 2007Also, I have checked the belt and cleaned all of the pulleys. I also checked the lid switch and there is no debris between the tubs.

Comment by brian s, posted on Oct 30, 2007Thank you for the response. I not sure if that is the problem because it does spin on the first cycle and that is after the agitation mode. The agitation mode never works, even when cold, during the first cycle.

If you will permit me, this is a list of the problems on each cycle, chronicologically;

  1. Fill, seems ok, fills with water normally.
  2. No agitation, the belt & all pulleys turn clockwise, but the spindle above doesn't turn and the tub won't turn manually either. ( strange thing is that in-between the two tubs you can see that there are water bubbles that move counter-clockwise....... maybe that is normal?????)
  3. Drains, after a quick click, it seems to drain normally
  4. Spin, the first time this actually works, the belt and all pulleys turn counter-clockwise and it spins fine.
  5. Rinse, it fills the tub with water, then immediatly goes to -
  6. No agitation, again belt and all pulleys turn clockwise, but no turn of the top spindle, (again, the small bubbles move counterclockwise.)
  7. Drains, again a click, then drains normally
  8. Spin, this time it does not spin. The belt and all pulleys turn counter-clockwise, but the tub does not move..... ( just like the aggitation mode )

Some quick notes;
I took off the water pump and all was clear and working fine.
The belt seems fine, ( a little loose, but fine) except 2 very small cracks.
If trying to repeat process soon, spin doesn't work either time, untill 45 minutes or so.
All spindle teeth seem fine.(the greasy metal spindle never turns)
When cool, it will spin in any spin cycle as I move the dial and jump around manually
It does the same thing every time I have tested it, maybe 15 different times.

Maybe it is the bearings somewhere and when they overheat, it shuts down the bottom part of the transmission, while the top part of the transmission is stripped out permanently??

Can I fix this, or do I need to buy a new washer?
Thank you again,


Comment by brian s, posted on Oct 30, 2007I am sorry, after reading your response again, I that it was a little over my head, yet maybe on the money. Are you saying that,

The motor is two directional and 1 direction (spins the transmission) doesn't work at all, the other direction (spins the tub) is overheating and tripping the thermal trip.

Please forgive my ignorance about motors, it just now hit me.
Is it possible that the motor would have 2 problems like that?

Any way to check the difference between the motor and the transmission having the problem?

Thank you for your patience,

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By wagdom
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Ive never seen a Maytag washer, but I think know the principle. So! I think the motor turns in one direction to wash & the opposite direction to spin. Now, if the transmission is very stiff in the 'wash mode', that could be why its not washing. The motor could be overheating & the thermal trip in the motor cutting off the electricity supply hence having to wait 45 mins for it to cool.
Not too sure! However I think I am on the right track. Let me know please

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Ok i might have to put this in a 2 part solution it might not be big enough to fit here
i hope this helped you in your washer it still is cheaper to repair than to replace
your washer blew out its thrust bearing which is called the brake
while you have the washer open grease the bearings and oil the motor you can get these same things and intstructions for this to do

this is the thrust bearing kit which you will need the instructions i will post the link and a copy of the pic
this is the link to the thrust bearing kit you need to replace to run dryer correctly

Could I please get a follow-up to this previous is - 5953465.jpg are the instructions for thrust kit

Posted on May 29, 2008

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    Christophe Thompson May 29, 2008

    replace your belt while your under washer



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SOURCE: Maytag PAV2300 AWW nevre agitates and only spins once.

Ive never seen a Maytag washer, but I think know the principle. So! I think the motor turns in one direction to wash & the opposite direction to spin. Now, if the transmission is very stiff in the 'wash mode', that could be why its not washing. The motor could be overheating & the thermal trip in the motor cutting off the electricity supply hence having to wait 45 mins for it to cool.
Not too sure! However I think I am on the right track. Let me know please

Posted on Oct 26, 2007



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SOURCE: Maytag top load washing machine model PAV 2300

If you have replaced the spring is the tub over to one side not in the center of the hole there is what they call a snumber ring on the bottom of the base the washer sets on that could be wore out but it is really hard to replace and you will need a special tool to compress the break

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SOURCE: how to replace timer knob on Maytag PAV 2300 aww,

This is from another site but does a good job of explaining how to change your timer:
The hardest part will be swapping the knob because you have to lift the top of it off and sometimes they can be fiesty.

DO NOT pull all the wires off of the OLD timer. DO a ONE for ONE wire swap. i.e pull one wire from the old timer... and hook it up to the new one on the exact same terminal as the old timer.


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