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Maytag A512 Washer Spin cycle Motor shuts-off

Joe17

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Location
Shavertown PA
Model Number
A512
Brand
Maytag
Age
More than 10 years
A very old Maytag A512 top load washer was not spinning out clothes as dry as usual. I replaced both belts which were a little shiny but not broken. The pump belt seemed loose but there was no more tightening adjustment left on the pump mount.

After belt replacement when filled with water the motor overheats on the first spin cycle.

Any ideas?

Thank you.
 

Jake

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Hi Joe,

Remove the belts from the motor pulley and run the motor by-itself in the spin cycle and see if the motor gets super hot and shuts down.

Jake
 

Joe17

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Thank you, Jake.
With the belts off the motor runs fine through the entire spin cycle and it's barely warm to the touch.
Joe
 

Jake

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Ok Joe, the drain pump belt should be a little loose, you should be able to pinch it in the middle and it should touch, that's only how tight it should be.

Try that and report back.

If that doesn't fix it, does the motor mount move freely?

Here's the motor mount assembly for your model.
Motor Mount Spring Kit 205000


Jake
 

Joe17

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The pump belt was already loose enough to pass the suggested 'middle pinch, touch' test. A new belt was installed at the onset of the problem and pump screw adjustment slots have been maxed out to the tightest position. So I tried it on 3 different settings... very loose, med loose, and as tight as it would go (meeting the middle pinch, touch criteria). The motor still reached thermal overload in spin cycle within seconds.

The motor mount is lubricated, moves freely with slight spring tension.

The problem with motor overtemp began when I installed both new belts. So I reinstalled the old drive belt which was still good, just a little shiny and everything works fine through a full cycle !
No motor overtemp, it's just warm to the touch.

Slight slippage of the drive belt is helping. Seems as though something is still the weak link?

Thank you, Jake, your expertise is tremendous in getting this narrowed down in a hurry!
 

Jake

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I don't know then what is causing this problem with the new DRIVE BELT on.

It doesn't make any sense to me.

Is the DRIVE BELT OEM? Where did you buy it from?

Jake
 

Joe17

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The drive belt is not OEM. Amazon choice purchase.

Interestingly now it's back to the original problem, not spinning out clothes dry enough on medium size loads. Seems okay on small loads. The only change is a new non-OEM pump belt.

Sounds like OEM belts is the next step?
Thank you, Jake
 

Jake

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Yes, all appliance parts must be OEM to work properly.:)

Here are both OEM belts for this model you can order(Video Included):
12112425 Pump and Drive Belt Kit


Jake
 
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