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Maytag mav3855aww washer slow or no spin

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I have a Maytag mav3855aww washer that stopped spinning the other day.  When I pressed down on the agitator while it was in the spin cycle it started to spin and has continued to spin at the correct time since then, but too slow to spin out the water.  I am thinking it is the bearing.  Can anyone let me know how to test and verify this?  Also how to replace it?  If I understand correctly no specialty tools are need to replace this is that correct?

 

Thanks

James in Mesa AZ

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Doing the bearing needs special tools but I don't think that's your problem. Start with the basics. Lean the machine back and remove the belt, check for burnt and or unusual wear. Check pulleys. The large center pulley has a cam that releases the brake for spin. One direction is agitate the opposite is spin. With the belt off you should be able to get the basket to spin by hand, if not it could be the pulley cam kit or a brake problem. Bearings usually get real loud but do not usually lock up unless you've neglected the noise for years. If the belt seems to be the only problem replace it but also check that the motor pivots properly, it slides on a plate to provide proper belt tension.

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Trust bearing/hub kit is a very common repair on this machine:  http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Basket-Drive-Hub-Kit/12002213/1042142?modelNumber=MAV3855AWW

 

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Brother JJ speaketh much wisdom: check the obvious things first, like the belt:  Part number: AP4024823

Part number: AP4024823

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while its in the spin cycle does the agitator go back and forth at all?

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Thank you for the ideas, I hope you all had a happy annd safe 4th of July.

When I went check it again the tub was not spinning, the agitator was agitating and no indication the belt was slipping.  Belt is old and worn.  There has been no squeeling sound from the bearing or belt.  At that point the belt was turning the pulleys.  When I turned the pulley by hand it would agitate the agitator but not the tub when I turned it in either direction.  In the spin cycle with the agitator agitating and the tub NOT turning I pressed down on the agitator and there was a clunck like something in the transmission engaging and the tub started to turn and the agitator to spin in the direction the tub was spinning but not a solid even spin.  It would spin hard and fast for about a half a turn then slow or not move for about a halv a turn then the had and fast and back to slow or stop.  It was like the backward part of the agitation was a stop or slow forward.  I then stopped the washer and unplugged it and tilted it back and turned the pulley one direction and then the other and both ways the agitator agitated and the tub did nothing.  Turned it on again the tub would spin with out me pressing down on the agitator again and the agitator would do its awkward spin and not agitate.  As note if I was not clear, when the tub was not turning and the agitator was agitating the belt was not slipping and the motor seems to adjust the tension by sliding with no problem.

Where do I go from here?

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Needs a new transmission, your money would be better spent on a good used Whirlpool direct drive machine.

 

What you have now is a FAKE Maytag and were never a very good machine to start with.

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Thanks, I was really hoping for something simple.  How can I tell if it is direct drive?  I am looking at both new and used what model should I look for?  Are any of the front load machines worth looking at or they just too prone to expensive and difficult repairs?

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Thanks, I was really hoping for something simple.  How can I tell if it is direct drive?  I am looking at both new and used what model should I look for?  Are any of the front load machines worth looking at or they just too prone to expensive and difficult repairs?

I was able to find a good Maytag Legacy series washer that is only 3 years old.  Looks like it may be direct drive because I cannot see a belt.  It is only three years old cost me $50 which is not much more than a mimor repair would have cost.  I got it installed and did a couple of small loads and sound and looks like it is working great. 

 

Thanks again to all who posted.

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