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mnord

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My maytag washer recently started smoking and making a bad screeching sound. I opened up the washer and found the idler pulley wheel had fallen off the assembly. I replaced the idler pulley wheel with a new wheel. The machine will now run through a complete cycle, but when it is agitating it makes a loud rumbling sound. It does not make noise when spinning. It agitates, spins and drains properly. Is it possible that the pulley wheel needs grease?

There is a video of the sound here.

Any ideas what could be broken here?
 

Jake

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From your video it looks like the belt is shot, causing that noise. Did you replace the belt also? Usually when it smokes, it makes bad burnt spots in the belt too.

Here's the belt for your model:
WP27001007 Drive Belt


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mnord

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I did not replace the belt, and it is a bit beat up. Does it make sense that the belt would be silent when spinning, but loud when agitating?
 

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Yes, exactly.:)

I'd replace the belt.:)

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mnord

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I put on a new belt, and that did not solve my problem. Any other idea what it could be? It seems quieter, but still loud.
 

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Make a video of the sound now with the new belt and new idler pulley on it.

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Ok, take the belt off, then run it with the motor just running by-itself and see if that noise is still present.

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Ok, it maybe the transmission pulley, wiggle the transmission pulley and see if it wobbles, it shouldn't.

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Ok, First check if the transmission pulley screw is loose, if not, then its possibly the helix or transmission pulley has worn out as well.

Here's the parts diagram for your model:
#7 is that transmission pulley, they call it a spin pulley.
#10 is the helix.
#9 is the transmission pulley screw.

Here's the service manual for your model:
www.applianceblog.com/manuals/amanawasher.pdf

It says Amana, but Maytag bought Amana back in 2001 and for these SAV models its identical to the Amana washers.

Here's a good thread Susie made as well:

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mnord

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Thanks for the detailed response, Jake. I was hoping the transmission pulley screw would be loose, but that does not seem to be the case.

Those are some great resources. I will look into them more and try to see if I can find any good ideas in there. After reading Susies advice...
However, this washer (and the Maytag brand in general) has developed somewhat of a poor reliability history, so one may question the wisdom of investing a large sum of money in any repair of this Washing Machine, but rather use the money to buy a better, more reliable brand.
I think I am at my cost limit for buying replacement parts and might just surrender and get a new machine at this point.

This has been a really great learning experience and I appreciate you spending the time to help me troubleshoot the issue. I will reach out if I have any more questions.

Thanks again!
 

Jake

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I think I am at my cost limit for buying replacement parts and might just surrender and get a new machine at this point.
Yes, I agree 100%, and also I noticed lots of those parts are No Longer Available since Susie did hers.

So washer shopping would be a good idea.

For washer brands--->We recommend Speed Queen, Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana.

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Anytime!

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