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Maytag A207 : Brake Squeal
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Post# 328969   2/5/2009 at 20:30 (3,233 days old) by danroyea ()        

Greetings - neat forum!

I'm hoping I can get some advice on maintaining our washing machine.

First, it emits a banshee shriek when the brake goes on. Is this something that is easily and affordably repaired? I don't have any diagrams, so I'm not exactly sure where to check.

Secondly, there is a chip in the enamel on the tub and I suspect it might add a rust stain to clothes if they're left in side for any length of time -- any tips on a fix for this?

Lastly, I'd love to know the power consumption of this appliance but have been unable to find a label on the machine or any information online.

I'll appreciate any words of wisdom - I'm hoping to keep this cool old washer in service (my wife wants to get something new...)

Regards,
Dan





Post# 328980 , Reply# 1   2/5/2009 at 23:04 (3,233 days old) by qsd-dan ((SF Bay Area))        

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"First, it emits a banshee shriek when the brake goes on. Is this something that is easily and affordably repaired?"

One of two things. The obvious is worn brake shoes which requires a replacement of the entire brake package. The brake package is no longer serviceable due to lack of available internal parts. Special tools and experience are required working with spring loaded components that are under 200+ pounds of pressure anyway :)

The most common problem is lack of lubrication. Maytags ingenious, long lasting brake system is a wet braking design. It's possible to re-lube the shoes by pouring a tablespoon of Maytag transmission oil into the brake package. Removal of the transmission pulley is required to access the brake package. Some aftermarket manuals mention substituting any oil. Not entirely true. The oil must be relatively thick to serve a lasting effect, so 80/90 gear oil is probably the most compatible choice if genuine Maytag oil is not available. I personally wouldn't use a synthetic blend.


"Lastly, I'd love to know the power consumption of this appliance but have been unable to find a label on the machine or any information online."

As far as the watt scale is concerned, a 19 gallon (tall tub) machine loaded with a full tub of water should consume 360-420 watts (add 40 watts for back-lit console models) during the agitation period. Spin cycle will initially consume 580-640 watts (add 40 watts for back-lit models) on an empty tub and level out around 480 once up to speed. This is during regular spin speed, not the slower spin speed that is offered on the 2 speed machines, which should hoover around 350 watts. Keep in mind these ratings are for the pre-orbital transmissions (before June of 1986......a very sad month/year)


Post# 329080 , Reply# 2   2/6/2009 at 13:24 (3,232 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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You can lubricate the brake package without removing the pulley. You need a plastic oil bottle, with a long flexible spout on it. It will reach up into the brake just fine.

Post# 329135 , Reply# 3   2/6/2009 at 19:46 (3,232 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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Correct, the brake should be lubed with a heavier oil. I use a long spouted oiler filled with Maytag Transmission oil. Just a little bit will do.

RCD


Post# 968236 , Reply# 4   11/15/2017 at 21:28 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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I'm hoping to add a bit of heavy oil to a Maytag brake assembly, and this video helps me somewhat understand the overall assembly before I start, but where do I add the oil? The brake assy shown looks like a sealed unit.
Thanks
Mark





Post# 968607 , Reply# 5   11/17/2017 at 19:24 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
so

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Where do I add oil on a old Maytag brake?

Post# 968702 , Reply# 6   11/18/2017 at 11:52 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Adding oil to a MT HD washer brake, You just lay the washer over and add 1 tablespoon of oil to the inside bottom edge, you do not have to remove the brake assembly or even remove the main drive pulley to do this [ you can add the oil through one of the large holes in the main drive pulley ]

John L.


Post# 968704 , Reply# 7   11/18/2017 at 11:56 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Thank you John L!!!

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I was looking and hoping for an answer for days!
Thanks you from Mark





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