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Maytag Clothes Washer LAT9360AAE tub difficult to turn started

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Maytag Clothes Washer LAT9360AAE tub difficult to turn started on a wash during the spin cycle. NOTE: can turn tub and pullys by hand but it seems too difficult. Tub will not spin when plugged in on wash or spin cycle now.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  MASTER-TECH replied 6 years ago.
Does the center pulley with out the belt turn hard both ways?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Easy one way, more difficult the other way
Expert:  MASTER-TECH replied 6 years ago.
When it is turned the hard way does the tub spin the same?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Clockwise turns the agitator relatively easy; counterclockwise more difficult tuns the tub. Tub turn making a semi grinding noise.

Expert:  MASTER-TECH replied 6 years ago.
When you turned the pulley did you have the unit laying on its back or just backwards a bit?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Both, but most recently with the front off the fround about 4 inches so we could determine what was turning in the tub
Expert:  MASTER-TECH replied 6 years ago.
Do you know if the grinding noise is coming from the pulley area or the tub area?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Sorry, just took another look with my father who is more mechanically inclined. There is actually no grinding and bearing feels smooth. Just difficult to turn.
Expert:  MASTER-TECH replied 6 years ago.
With out the belts on if you start it at spin does the motor come on?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The motor turns on with or without the belts on
Expert:  MASTER-TECH replied 6 years ago.

It is hard for me to discribe how the pulley should turn. It will have a spring feel to start and they it should be heavy but not difficult as long as there is pressure keeped on the pulley. There may be something stuck between the tubs if it is very hard to turn. If you remove the two screws from the lower part of the front paenl and then the two 3/8" that secure the top. Lift the top and remove the spash ring and inspect it. Use a coat hanger to fish out blockage. If all checks out it will be the motor or the timer. Also when the front is off check the area where the transmission goes into the tub for leakage.

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