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DanInKansas

Maytag LAT2600AAE -- off-balance in spin

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Had a customer call in on this, complaint was off-balance and walking during spin.

 

Examined unit. Belts are good, no sign of wear or fraying, no black powder under cabinet.  Took off front plate, filled with water, put it into spin.  Some vibration.  Unit is bubble-level all around the frame.  Glass of water on top of adjacent dryer shows some motion but nothing that would really show me a bad subfloor. 

 

Did notice I could put two fingers on the outer tub and push it all over the cabinet, similar to a direct-drive with bad springs. 

 

Called tech line and was advised to replace the snubber. I had not heard of one before, so I looked up a thread and found this part number: 

 

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Base-Plate/12002701/1164331?replacedManufacturerPartNumber=21001893

 

Three questions:

 

1)  Having not done one of these before, what's a logical time frame for me to expect to complete this?  

 

2)  Does anyone have a part number for that special spring removal tool?  I saw one once, no one in my current shop has one, and the RepairClinic link says that the tool is no longer available from the manufacturer.

 

3)  Anything I should be looking at before I buy what techline is selling and replace the snubber? 

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From what I can see of the instructions that does not require removing the tub and basket, is that correct?

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That is correct, but you will need to remove the brake package still - the snubber base like you posted previously is for a totally different machine - yours is a dependable care

 

You can usually get the brake off without the tool by tapping the circumference while praying.

 

Come hither and share in Big Birds journey: http://appliantology.org/topic/29793-maytag-transmission-rebuild-washer-lat8234aae/

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To replace the damper pads, follow the instructions on page 3-48 of the above linked manual. The only special tool I use is one or two single gang electrical boxes to hold the springs open.

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I've never removed the brake package to replace the damper pads.  I forget what I used to do, but it was a shortcut I learned from when I worked for Maytag Factory Service. I think I unbolted the suspension springs from the base and used blocks of wood to lift up and hold the outer tub assy away from the base.

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What Scottthewolf says is correct.

 

With the suspension springs removed and a block under the main pulley, (I believe you also must unbolt the top so the complete wash assembly will have enough room to move up), you should be able to have enough clearance to scrap the old pads off and re-glue the new ones in.

 

Definitely no need to remove the brake package for this job.

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Thanks!  That video is fantastic.

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To finish up this topic: replaced damper pads as suggested.  Customer called back; machine was still off balance in spin.  

 

Took the front panel off; the suspension springs were at my mark but were still movable to a light touch with a thumb.  Gave each spring about 15 quarter turns on the nut until stiff to the touch.  Put a load of laundry, put into spin.  Normal vibration.  Called the customer into the room, he agreed this was the performance he was used to. 

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