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For a maytag washing machine, I posted earlier this week about

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For a maytag washing machine, I posted earlier this week about a problem with the spin cycle and small water leakage. I was advised to change the pump which I just did and although there is no leak, the spin cycle still doesn't spin. There are three gears which are driven by the belt which are all spinning when the motor is on. The tech who helped me earlier thought the water was causing slippage on the belt but now we know that's not the problem. What should I try?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The unit is now draining the water but does not spin at all?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
But the unit is agitating okay, correct?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I don't think it is.
Well the agitation and the spin are controlled by the thrust bearing, this is the large pulley underneath, even if the gearcase was broken it should still spin, this is the case many times for the complaint that you are giving at this time, The thrust bearing is very easy to replace and even comes with directions on doing it correctly..

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Just so I understand, is the thrust bearing inside the shaft which should convert the turning gear to spin the basin? If so, what causes it to engage/ disengage during the various cycles?

Thanks so much
Yes , when the unit agitates it spins one way and the other way when it spins, it lifts the gearcase off the brake so it will spin...
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I installed the new thrust bearing and the spin started working, however, on the first load, it stopped again. Do you think I installed it incorrectly or something else is wrong?
It is possible that you could have installed it incorrectly, just check it again..
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The only part I wasn't sure about was the alignment of the arrow. With either washer or both washers, I couldn't get it to line up so that the arrow could pass the mark marginally on either side depending what washer/ combinations I was using. The rest seemed pretty self explanatory
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Also, it spun while empty and once I started it it was obviously agitating.
If yo turn the pulley by hand can you make the tub spin?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Either the thrust bearing is not set correctly to lift the brake off the hub, or the brake assembly has seized to the hub.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

good news. ive got it spinning and agitating correctly again. bad news. its leaking from somewhere.

There are not many areas for it to leak, is it leaking from on top of the gearcase?

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