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    Default Maytag A612S Slow Spin

    Model Number: A612S
    Brand: Maytag
    Age: More than 10 years

    I have a Maytag A612S washing machine that we purchased new and has served us well with only a couple of belt replacements over the years. Recently, we have noticed that it is not spinning as fast. Clothes are not getting spun out as good, and after watching I can see that it does not get up to a sufficient spin speed to empty the fabric softener cup until the very end of the final spin. I cleaned & wire brushed the pulleys, checked the motor mount, and installed new belts. The old transmission belt looked okay but was shiny. With the belts removed, I can rotate the transmission pulley in both directions. It turns quiet easily in the direction to agitate. It is a little firmer, but does turn without much effort in the spin direction. There is no abnormal noise in either direction. This washer has what I believe is the old, and apparently no longer available flat style transmission with the counter weight.

    My questions are:

    What’s wrong? Does it sound like I have transmission problems and if so, is there a replacement transmission for this washer and if so, is it of the same quality as the original?

    If I tackle this repair, what all parts should I replace, bearings, seals, etc?

    Many of the owners of these older Maytags in my area have been replacing them with Speed Queen (top loaders with the mechanical knob controls). Is this a wise choice as opposed to the cost of the parts that you expect I should be replacing?

    Thanks for your help

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    That model style Maytag is considered by many service techs as one of the best machines ever made. The machine is built like a tank. It's easy to repair and most parts are still available. JMO but I think it's ten times better than a Speed Queen.


    Quote Originally Posted by toot1977 View Post
    Does it sound like I have transmission problems?
    No, the slow spin can be caused by the tub bearing or spin bearing but before you replace them check a few other things first.
    1. Check the pump is pumping all the water out and there's a good steady stream.
    2. Check the motor glides and springs. The motor needs to move back and forth on the mounting plate to keep the pressure steady on the motor pulley. Spray the glides and springs with WD40 and use your hand to move the motor.
    3. Check the adjustment of the drive lug:
    Unplug the machine and disconnect the hoses. Lay the washer down on it’s front. Remove the belts and check for any pieces of belt missing. A notch in a belt can cause a knocking noise. Remove the dust cover in the center of the drive pulley. Do not clean out the grease in the dust cover. Turn the drive pulley onto the shaft clockwise until all the play is taken up. Holding the pulley in this position, the distance between the drive lug and pulley lug should be 3/8”. Turn the pulley counterclockwise and check to see that the drive lug and pulley are making contact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toot1977 View Post
    what all parts should I replace,
    Here's the motor glides:
    Motor Mount Spring Kit 205000
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    Here's the tub bearing:
    Tub Bearing 6-2040130
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    Here's the spin bearing:
    Bearing WP22003441
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