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Old Maytag Washer LA712 off-balance

amc2732

Premium Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2022
Messages
2
Location
Colorado
Model Number
LA712
Brand
Maytag
Age
More than 10 years
Hello all,

I have an old, beloved, hand-me-down Maytag LA712 washing machine that is off-balance during the spin cycle. We have done some research already and intend to replace the felt pads under the washer tub. The washer does make a loud rubbing noise when it starts and stops spinning, so I assume new felt pads will help some...but we think we have more problems than just that. We have tightened the springs a bit to try to center the tub with the opening in the lid, but it's still not perfect. We took it apart somewhat to assess things and we found that the inner tub does not spin true with the outer tub. When the inner tub is spun on its axis, it doesn't move in a perfect circle in relation to the outer tub. (So the edge of the inner tub is closer to the outer tub in one spot as it spins. However, that "close spot" moves with each rotation, also.) Anyway, we wonder if that is normal or if there might be something wrong. The washer did, sadly, get dropped on its left top edge in a recent move and we wonder if that damaged something internally. Amazingly, it only left a chip in the enamel on the outside though.

Any advice/expertise is appreciated. We really want to keep this washer going.
 

jeff1

Appliance Tech - Moderator
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Joined
Oct 10, 2004
Messages
25,602
Location
Ontario, Canada
Hi,

We have tightened the springs a bit to try to center the tub with the opening in the lid, but it's still not perfect.

Looking down, the front should be slightly forward so you can see the back top of the tub cover ( slightly ).

We have done some research already and intend to replace the felt pads under the washer tub. The washer does make a loud rubbing noise when it starts and stops spinning, so I assume new felt pads will help some.

Off balanced, weird noises can happen when the felt snubber pads wear out.

https://www.applianceaid.com/maytag-washer-common-problems.php#noise

When the inner tub is spun on its axis, it doesn't move in a perfect circle in relation to the outer tub. (So the edge of the inner tub is closer to the outer tub in one spot as it spins. However, that "close spot" moves with each rotation, also.) Anyway, we wonder if that is normal or if there might be something wrong.

We can't see it nor check it for ourselves.....but most never turned in a perfect circle.
It is not overly unusual to loosen the tub nut and straighten the inner basket as close as we could to the middle away from the sides.

If needed:

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Damper Pad Kit
You will also need contact cement to glue the pads down to the base.

jeff sr.
 

amc2732

Premium Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2022
Messages
2
Location
Colorado
Jeff, thank you very much for your input. We'll give the damper pad kit a try and tighten the front spring to pull the tub forward a bit. We appreciate the tip about straightening the inner basket too. Hopefully your suggestions can get us back up and running again with this awesome machine.
 
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