FIXED Maytag Centennial MVWC300VW1 Clutch Bad?

gillisk976

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Hi Folks,

I'm new to the forum. My Maytag Centennial sounds like the agitator is slipping and not rotating as much as it should during the wash cycle. It's also quite loud as you can see in the video. The clothes are not really spinning too much either. I've read that the clutch may be bad. I did lay it on its side and could not find any loose bolts.

Here is a video of it during the wash cycle:

Here is a picture of the underside of this beast. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Hi,

Its not the clutch, the clutch is only active during the spin cycle, so its either your agitator or transmission.

Remove your agitator and do a test run with NO CLOTHES in it and see if it still makes that noise.

Here's the agitator for your model below, when you click the link to it you will see a video on how to remove it.

WPW10093672 Agitator


Let us know what you find.

Jake
 

gillisk976

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Hi Jake,

I removed the agitator and did a test run with no clothes and the noise was gone. There is one bolt that holds the agitator in. I thought maybe it was just loose so I put the agitator back in and tightened the bolt and still had noise. To me it looks like the splines on both the washing machine and the agitator did not really have any wear. What is failing in the agitator to cause the noise? Thanks so much!

Best,
Kenny
 

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Ok Kenny,

Now what you will want to do is separate the upper agitator from lower agitator and see if the 4 agitator dogs are worn out, thus making the upper agitator strip and not grap the cam properly.

When you click the part link to the agitator repair kit you will see a video on how to separate it.

Here's the agitator repair kit for your model you can order if needed:
285811 Medium Cam Agitator Repair Kit


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Hi Jake,

I think my agitator dogs are worn out. What do you think? I've included a picture of each one.

Thanks,
Kenny

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Yes Kenny, they sure are.

That agitator repair kit I posted above includes 4 new agitator dogs.

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Hi Jake,

I just ordered those parts. Thank you so much for your advice. I'll let you know how the parts install goes.

Thanks,
Kenny
 

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Ok Kenny, sounds good.

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Hi Jake,

It seems that the cam agitator repair kit did the trick. Thanks for your easy to follow advice and for suggesting the correct parts for my Maytag washer. I did make a donation.

Best,
Kenny
 

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Excellent Kenny, glad to hear the cam agitator repair kit fixed it. (y)

Thanks for the update and donation!

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Hi Jake,

It looks like the wash is not spinning during the wash cycle? As you remember I installed the cam agitator repair kit. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Kenny
 

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Hi Kenny,

I'm not understanding what you mean.

the wash is not spinning during the wash cycle? What does that mean?

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Hi Jake,

The middle agitator is not spinning or moving much at all during the wash cycle and therefore the clothes are not really being agitated too much. I was assuming the clothes would move around the middle agitator if the agitator was moving more.

Thanks,
Kenny
 

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Ok Kenny, I need to see a video of it washing to understand what's going on.

You can bypass the lid switch so you can keep the lid up while filming.

Remove the lid switch connector. To temporarily bypass the lid switch, uses a small piece of insulated wire bent in the shape of a U and short the two wires together in the female part of the connector. Do not short anything to the green wire.

Here's the lid switch for your model:
WP8318084 Lid Switch


Watch this video to access/replace the lid switch:


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Ok Kenny, I see now.

Remove the upper agitator and just leave the lower agitator in place and see if the lower agitator agitates fine.

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Ok Kenny,

Your transmission is bad.

Here's the transmission assembly for your model you can order:
W10140307 Gearcase


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Hi Jake,

Thanks for the advice. I just want to double check that this part will work because it says it is for a Whirlpool. I'm guessing that it will also work in my Maytag Centennial?

Thanks,
Kenny
 

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Yes Kenny, Whirlpool owns Maytag. That's the correct transmission for your model.

Put your hands on the agitator while its agitating and see if the agitator spline is stripped as well.

Jake
 
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