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Maytag Washer Model A181 Motor probs

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My many years old A181 Maytag washer stopped working - motor just hummed. Took off front cover, kicked motor... it started! However, wife will not agree to kick motor every time she does laundry. She'd rather kick me.

Eventually I found a small solenoid switch on the top of the motor. I found when I put power to the motor and push the switch, the motor starts... ditto if I spin the drive shaft manually to start (gotta watch out for those belts, tho).

Motor is a two speed 2-1666, but I also have a 2-1807 motor scavenged from another machine that acts exactly the same when connected to the A181 wiring harness. I figure the liklihood of two motors with the exact same problem is low... its more likely that something else in the washer is malfunctioning. A poor connection? A bad timer motor?

How do I test? Should I be able to put a "hot" lead on one motor terminal and a "neutral" on another and see that solenoid switch close? I assume the timer motor sends volatage briefly down one of those wires to trigger the starting... but which wire?

Any help appreciated!

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I wish someone had responded to this.  It sounds like what is happening with our Maytag.  It had been where you could move the agitator a little bit, or maybe the tub itself, and the machine would start agitating.  Last night I  almost gave up when I tilted the machine backwards, lifting the bottom off the ground about 6" and dropped it.  Machine started working!  Only problem is I don't think the wife will go for that manuver.

[user=2441]madurobob[/user] wrote:

My many years old A181 Maytag washer stopped working - motor just hummed. Took off front cover, kicked motor... it started! However, wife will not agree to kick motor every time she does laundry. She'd rather kick me.

Eventually I found a small solenoid switch on the top of the motor. I found when I put power to the motor and push the switch, the motor starts... ditto if I spin the drive shaft manually to start (gotta watch out for those belts, tho).

Motor is a two speed 2-1666, but I also have a 2-1807 motor scavenged from another machine that acts exactly the same when connected to the A181 wiring harness. I figure the liklihood of two motors with the exact same problem is low... its more likely that something else in the washer is malfunctioning. A poor connection? A bad timer motor?

How do I test? Should I be able to put a "hot" lead on one motor terminal and a "neutral" on another and see that solenoid switch close? I assume the timer motor sends volatage briefly down one of those wires to trigger the starting... but which wire?

Any help appreciated!

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Unfortunately, no wiring diagram available online for this veteran of the laundry wars. There should be one inside your control console - if you can scan and post, it would be helpful.

 

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