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My top load maytag washer is making a grinding noise when agitating.

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My top load maytag washer is making a grinding noise when agitating. When on the spin cycle no noise is heard. The belt seems fine.

Repairman1981 :

On these machines my experience has been the drain pump most likely cause of this problem

Repairman1981 :

You should remove the belt and spin it by hand (you can lean the unit back at 45 degrees to access it

Repairman1981 :

Once removed spin the drain pump both directions and see if you hear any noise at all out of it?

JACUSTOMER-yt4vsjia- :

I tryed moving the drain pump. No problem there, it moves freely with no noise of any kind.

Repairman1981 :

Does the agitation do anything weird the only other way for it to grind is in the transmission, turn the big pulley and see if it grinds when spun by hand

JACUSTOMER-yt4vsjia- :

Yeah when spun clockwise, there is a grinding type noise. It is certainly not a smooth turn. Counter clockwise seems fine.

Repairman1981 :

If it's grinding then you have a bad transmission

Repairman1981 :

Run it till it locks up and replace the machine

Repairman1981 :

part alone not counting the seal you will need is over 200

Repairman1981 :

the seal is around 100 and the time/labor isn't worth it

Repairman1981 :

Unless it's new enough to be under warranty

JACUSTOMER-yt4vsjia- :

OK thanks , now I know what to get my wife for Christmas.

Repairman1981 :

Yep ... about that time

Repairman1981 :

Too bad it wasn't the pump

Repairman1981 :

That is much cheaper

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