Maytag Bravos Top Loader MVWB750WQ2 throws error code oL, even for small loads

Brian Lau

Jan 9, 2019
Model Number
1-5 years
The Maytag Bravos Top Loader throws error code oL. We have been living in this house for ~5 months now, and only recently starting having the issue about a month ago. The load sizes that we have been washing haven't changed, but the washer frequently throws the oL code. Typically the washer basket is filled 1/2 to 2/3 full without pressing the dry clothes down. The washer will begin rinsing and applying the detergent, but ~20min in to the "Normal" load cycle, it beeps and throws oL. You have to remove half of the load and run it on rinse & spin to get the remainder of the soap out of the clothes.

I've been reading through other threads and it sounds like this issue is likely caused by "increased mechanical friction" in the drive mechanism, likely due to the basket not floating as easily now (as compared to 5 months ago when we moved into this place). Can anyone confirm similar issues with this model or suggest diagnostics? I ran through the entire automatic self diagnostic sequence with no issues.


Appliance Tech - Admin
Staff member
Aug 24, 2004
McMullen Valley, Arizona
Thanks bigbuck!

oL flashes when the machine/motor control detects a load size that exceeds the washer’s capacity OR basket cannot disengage.

This may signify:
--->Load size exceeds washer capacity. Remove excess laundry, then restart cycle.
--->Mechanical friction on drive mechanism, not allowing the basket to disengage (basket floating necessary to start agitation).

You can do the AUTOMATIC DIAGNOSTIC TEST MODE or the MANUAL DIAGNOSTIC TEST MODE in the tech. data sheet.

Yes, it could possibly the bearings causing it. Is your machine loud when it spins? Like a helicopter or jet taking off?

If so, there is a kit for this now that comes with complete instructions and a "HOW TO" video in both part links below:

Outer tub and drive shaft repair kit:
Tub Seal and Bearing Kit W10435302

You will also need the Bearing and seal tool:
Bearing Driver W10447783