Maytag washer notes

Get them screws off
old style
New style
Pump failure is the number one problem
easy fix: remove 2 hoses and 3 screws, the
belt goes on without  tools.
This is the thrustwasher kit. It looks intimidating but they are not.
This main drive pulley has a cam riser which releases the brake
in the spin cycle. The motor turns in one direction with that brake locked
for wash, but it turns in the opposite direction for spin. If you do not have
enough washers in the stack the washer will not spin(just like a worn out
pulley) If you have too many, the tub will not lock and the clothes will
get knotted up to hell and back. The hardest part about replacing this kit
is putting that dang E-clip back on the bottom.
This tool fits between those spokes where you can catch the
lip of the brake package so you can compress that
big bad spring, ease it in a hair to get that E-clip on the shaft.
This manual here cover a whole bunch of the newer models and is pretty dang awesome:
Drive Pulley and Cam Removal

The Drive Pulley and Cam are located below the Brake
assembly on the drive shaft. A Washer and Retaining
Ring secure the Pulley and Cam on the drive shaft.
A plastic Dust Cap snaps to the underside of the Pulley to
keep the Cam surfaces clean. These components can
be removed by tipping the Washer back to access
bottom side of unit.
1. Disconnect power supply to unit.
2. Remove (pry off) Dust Cap from under side of pulley.
3. Remove Retaining Ring and Washer from end of
drive shaft.
4. Firmly pull Lower Cam off of the drive shaft splines,
then slide the other parts off of the shaft.
Models are equipped with a plastic Drive Pulley which has
the upper Cam molded onto the bottom of the Hub. The
purpose of the Pulley and Cam arrangement is to drive the
Clutch assembly during the agitate and spin cycle, and to
disengage the Brake assembly during the spin cycle.
The Drive Pulley slips over the drive shaft and rests
against a series of Washers, a Thrust Bearing, and a
large washer type Spacer. The Spacer locates against
the bottom of the Brake Rotor and Lining assembly. The
Lower Cam slips over the end of the drive shaft where
splines formed in the Cam engage with mating splines
on the drive shaft end. This imparts a direct drive from
the Cam to the drive shaft. A shoulder molded on the
bottom of the Pulley hub engages "dogs" formed on the
sides of the Lower Cam, and will drive it and the drive
shaft in either direction.
Installing Thrust Bearing
1. Thrust Bearing and Spacer are to be assembled first with the humped side towards the pulley.
2. Apply a thin layer of grease between the contacting
surfaces of the Lower Cam and the Drive Pulley.
To Check Brake Disengagement
1. Manually rotate the Drive Pulley in a slow counterclockwise
direction until the Brake starts to release
and the Transmission begins to turn.
2. Position the “Reference Cam Arrow” midway between
the “Min Pulley Hub Reference” and the “Max
Pulley Hub Reference” markers located on the
If the position of the Cam Arrow to the Pulley Hub is not
within these parameters adjustment is required.

To Adjust Brake Disengagement
1. If the position of the Cam Reference Arrow is less
than the Min Pulley Hub reference mark, remove
the standard (.062 thickness) Thrust Washer and
replace it with a thinner (.032 thickness) Thrust
Washer. Recheck disengagement 3 times to verify
proper adjustment.
2. If the position of the Cam Reference Arrow is more
than the Max Pulley Hub reference mark, add a
(.032 thickness) Thrust Washer to the standard
Thrust Washer. Recheck disengagement 3 times to
verify proper adjustment.

TIP: About excessive vibrations:
 Grab the washer on the diagonals and give it a shake,
any movement at all and a maytag top loader will
 shake, shimmy, and dance across the floor.


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