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Suspension Springs - Kit of 6
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Replacing your Maytag Washer Suspension Springs - Kit of 6
2)Disconnect Hot, Cold, Power and Drain lines
3)Move machine to open area, open top by popping 2 front retaining clips.
4)Remove Front panel, remove small clear water level hose at lower rear of tub.
5)Remove small Rear access panel, disconnect large tub drain hose from pump and drain into small container, about 4 cups of water will come out.
5)Remove the 6 suspension Springs.
6)Place two large towels next to washer and tip machine onto its side slowly.
7)Remove drive belt from bottom, and slide out wash tub assembly thru top opening, be Careful not to damage large Plastic drive pulley on bottom of tub.
8)With tub upside-down, remove drive pully small plastic cover in center, remove E-Clip and remove pulley.
9)Slowly loosen snubber ring retaining bolts a few turns, DO NOT Remove, just loosen enough until snubber is free to move around.
10)Remove snubber ring by walking it around the retaining ring and install new snubber.
11) Clean machine cabinet and clean machine base where snubber touches with alcohol or Windex.
12) Reassemble in reverse order and Do Not Forget to reattach the small clear Water level sensing HOSE to the tub before closing the top.
13)Place Drive Belt onto the 2 small pulleys First, then slowly turn large pulley while walking belt onto it.
14)Reconnect machine to utilities and test run on small load to ensure no leaks and propper operation.
15)Enjoy Quiet free operation once again :)
Fix this problem before significant damage is done to your base! Otherwise the job will take more time and be a LOT more expensive. My base had experienced a little damage but thankfully it did not require replacement. When the snubber wears out, it allows the tub to rub against the base. Metal on metal is never a good thing.
Also I chose to replace the springs, even though it may not have been 100% necessary. You have to take them off anyway and they are inexpensive. It is easy to know when a spring is broken, but not as easy to know when it has lost some of its spring. Just makes sense to me to replace them.
I used the directions below which I found on the internet. They are listed below unedited by me. I have added a few of my own comments below that.
• Remove power and all hoses
• Lift top by inserting putty knife just inside front clips to release
• Remove front and rear panels, 10mm
• Disconnect drain hose from bottom of drum, pliers - spring clip
• Remove 6 springs from bottom of drum using channel lock or spring tool
• Lay on side, remove drive belt by turning large drive pulley and side tension to belt
• Remove water level hose on side of drum, pliers - spring clip
• Remove drum from cabinet by sliding out top. It is not necessary to remove drum from transmission.
• Inspect base plate for damage
• Lay drum on padded surface, upside down
• Remove C clip, drive pulley, being careful to observe order of parts and washers
• Loosen 6 screws holding down old snubber. DO NOT REMOVE SCREWS, THERE IS A VERY STRONG SPRING UNDER THIS PLATE. Loosen screws only enough to get old snubber out.
• Clean dust from area.
• Insert new snubber, keeping it even while tightening screws.
• Reverse other processes above to assemble washer. Replace any broken drum springs. Replace belt if worn.
• After you remove the tub you will see a lot of fine white dust in the bottom of the washer. That is from your old worn out snubber. Vaccum it out.
• I didn’t have a spring tool but I found that using a pair of vice grips to remove and replace the springs was easier than using channel locks.
• Technically, I believe the clip is actually called an e-clip. If you have the correct tool for this removing and replacing it will be a lot easier. I did not have the tool. I used an open end wrench that was just the right size to butt up against the two ends of the clip. A light tap with a hammer against the other end of the wrench and it popped right off. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to put it back on.
• Also regarding putting the e-clip back on, at first I could not see the groove that the clip was supposed to slid into. It was below the little plastic piece with the teeth. I used a small flat screw driver inserted into the groove to gently pry it up and had someone gently tap on the plastic piece which pushed it down enough to expose the grove.
• I highly recommend heeding the warning regarding the loosening of the 6 screws holding the snubber. I did not have any trouble with this but there is a 200 lbs spring underneath that you do not want to release. It could injure you and might be hard to put back. Just loosen each screw 1/4 turn at a time until the snubber can be removed.
That's about it. I took me about 4 hours
Removed the belt, cam assembly and pulley assembly. Using Maytag brake removal tool #12002012 I removed the brake stator. I removed the front of the washing machine and the rear access plate. I removed the six tension springs. I moved the machine basket and shaft assembly toward the top of the machine. I removed the old snubber and replaced with a new one. I installed 6 new tension springs and reassembled.
The washing machine runs great.
keith from auburn, AL
Total Repair Time:30 - 60 mins
Tools:Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
Read several repair stories on the website. One story gave step-by-step instructions for disassembly. Very helpful since I followed this prescription. While waiting for delivery of the parts, I removed the tub and inverted it.
Removing springs was relatively easy. Did not remove snubber ring until new parts arrived, but replacing it was easy. I was very cautious about loosening the 6 screws and heeded the warning about the 200 pound spring under the cover.
Diagrams on website showing expanded mechanism of washing machine parts were very helpful for reassembly.
The most difficult part was installing the new springs, since they were quite strong. One repair story on the website suggested using coins to expand the new springs enough to be able to hook the springs into the upper slots and hangers.
I USED ONE OF THE MORE ACCESSIBLE LOCATIONS (AT THE REAR OF THE MACHINE) TO PREPARE EACH SPRING FOR INSTALLATION).
I hooked a spring in the bottom slot. I pushed a long heavy screwdriver through the spring's upper hook and the hole in the metal support and expanded the spring until I could insert 1/2-inch washers (about 8) between the rings. I prepared each spring this way for installation around the tub. With the washers in the expanded spring, it was relatively easy to use a pliers to lift the upper hook into the hole or hanger.
I decided to insert the spring next to the motor first since it was the more inaccessible. The remaining springs were installed relatively easily.
Reassembly was easy by following the reverse order of the disassembly instructions. I found the tub to be pretty heavy to lift, so when it came time to put it back into the frame, I turned the frame on it's side and inserted the tub from floor level.
I am very proficient mechanically but I believed I could make this repair without difficulty. I think that without the repair stories I had viewed on the website, it would have been more difficult. A spring tool would have been immeasurebly more helpful.
Daryl from LYNCHBURG, OH
Difficulty Level:Really Easy
Total Repair Time:15 - 30 mins
Manufacturer Part Number: 12002773
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