Maytag A5000 - leaking tub seal worth my time?
Posted 21 June 2005 - 11:49 AM
Seems to leak towards the end of the wash cycle, maybe 4 cups or so. I took the front cover off and there's a radial rust pattern on the bottom of the tub so I'm guessing it's the tub seal.
Everything I've found online about the tub seal recommends that I have a pro fix it. I figure I'm handy enough to do it myself though but I need a reality check.
I've estimated (WAG method) that it would take about 4 hours of my time to do it correctly plus or minus a busted knuckle or three.
What would the parts cost be, roughly? Please include any tools I might need to buy beyond your average shadetree mechanic's toolbox.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 03:18 PM
To complete the repair, you need the stem seal and hub assembly:
and the tub bearing:
A spanner wrench is highly recommended:
This was one of the last great top-loader designs ever manufactured. I would do the repair.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 05:07 PM
It took me a little bit to convince the wife I can do this repair, as the parts cost triple what we paid for the washer.
I'm gonna give it a shot though, it definitely helps to have an inkling of what I'm getting into ahead of time.
Posted 05 July 2005 - 07:13 AM
Did a little bit of the one step forward - two steps back dance but otherwise everything went together easily.
Almost didn't buy the spanner wrench.. BUY THE SPANNER WRENCH! Took three of us to break that freakin nut loose, with the help of a 8lb sledge to fashion a custom impact wrench.
After buttoning everything up there was still a leak where the inlet elbow went into the out tub lid.. just siliconed that sucker up real good, seems to work fine.
No blood lost and it was easier than a clutch job on my car. Was a worthy 4th of July activity IMO.
Posted 05 July 2005 - 07:17 AM
Thanks for the followup report. In recognition of your accomplishment, you've been promoted to an Apprentice Appliantologist. Congratulations!
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