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Drive Belt - 52 inches long
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Replacing your Maytag Washer Drive Belt - 52 inches long
The washer was put upright again and the lid taped to the top to secure it before lifting the top. The top was opened by sliding a putty knife between the top and front panal near the left and right corners. There are two metal clasps that will release the top with gentle pressure, do not pry on the top. The top was lifted up and set back gently so as not to bend or break the hinges. There are two small screws on the upper inner right and left side of the front panel that were removed using a nut driver in order to remove the front panel.
With the front panel removed the water pump was visible in the front, lower left hand corner on the base. The two hoses were removed from the pump by moving the hose clamps up the hose, using pliers to loosen the clamps and then pulling off the hoses with a slight twisting back and forth. I put a few towels around the pump before removal to soak up the water that came out. The three bolts holding the pump in place were removed using a socket wrench and the pump removed.
The new pump was replaced, hoses were put back on, front panel replaced and the top relatch. The washer was tipped back again to get to the bottom to put on the new belt.
That was all. It worked great.
1) Several people had mentioned having similar problems with the water pump and had observed a metal ring that had been pushed up where the pulley is connected to the shaft. I also observed this on the sqealing pump. The metal ring seem to work its way out and scrape on the metal mounting plate on the bottom of the pump. So if you see this ring, it is probably the pump.
2)I cleaned the pulleys since there was some rubber dust on them. Also you can remove the belt easily by pulling it slightly off the large pulley and then turning it off. When putting the belt back on, put it around the small pulleys first and then start it on the large pulley and turn it onto the large pulley. More leverage with the large pulley.
Wife thinks everything is back to normal. Get a cool drink out of refrigerator while she carries on and thinks you are a hero.
Special note: Be sure water is out of washing machine. There are instructions on the internet but I have owned Maytags for over forty years and know belt replacements are occassionally replaced.
Stephen from Tehachapi, CA
Difficulty Level:Really Easy
Total Repair Time:15 - 30 mins
1) Opened the front of the machine and then propped up the machine.
2) Placed a pan underneath to catch the water that remained in the pump when I disconnected the two hoses attached to it.
3) Removed old pump with socket wrench
4) Replaced with new pump purchsed from you all.
5) Reconnected the two hoses.
6) Installed new belt.
7) Closed up machine and BAMM! works like it was brand new!
You all Rock! Cost of parts and 20 or so minutes of my time is a lot less than calling a repairman or replacing the machine!
Thanks for the help!!!
Found red oil under machine. Asked experts, they said "buy new machine, not worth repairing transmission".
replaced small oil seal and drilled small hole and added some transmission oil(auto) then sealed hole. replaced belt just because the other one was oil soaked.
Works great, Like new, cheap fix under $20..
Manufacturer Part Number: WP22003483
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