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Maytag MAV8600AWW noisy spin cycle

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Sorry if this has been covered before. I searched and couldn't seem to find an issue quite like mine.

I've got a Maytag Atlantis MAV8600AWW washing machine that's probably close to 9 or 10 years old now. Aside from the noisy timer (it sometimes makes a buzzing noise) we've had no problems with it. Recently, it has started making a high-pitched noise during the spin cycle. It appears to still be functioning properly but the noise is annoying and needs to be addressed before it gets any worse. I'm not sure the noise qualifies as a squeal - some might call it a high-pitched whir.

At first, I thought it might be a drive belt that's starting to go bad but I believe this machine is direct-drive. There are no strange smells or other symptoms - just the high-pitched whirring noise that only seems to be present during the spin cycle. Could it be a bearing going bad?

I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction on what I should be checking or looking for.

Thanks!

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If you raise the top (not the lid, we need the lid switch made to spin) and start the unit in spin, you can hold the inner basket with one finger and prevent it from turning. If the noise is still there with it in spin and you holding the tub, it is not the bearings. By doing this, the only thing moving is the belt, motor, pump and input shaft of the transmission. If the noise does go away, you either have a bad bearing or something rubbing between the tubs. If the noise is still there, you can then pop off the belt and run the motor in spin. If the noise is still there, that eliminates the pump and the belt from the equation because the only thing moving is the motor. You probably have a bad pump, but by process of elimination you will know for sure.

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Thanks so much for your input. Excellent suggestions! I plan on spending a little one-on-one time with my Maytag over the weekend. I'm hoping I can repair whatever the problem is without having to call for service.

I don't think it's the pump though as the frequency of the noise seems to be directly related to the speed of the spinning tub. It also varies slightly (like a vibrato) if the tub is slightly off-balance.

Thanks again and happy holidays!

Greg

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