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Post# 537562   8/17/2011 at 12:05 (4,497 days old) by kindalazy (toronto)        

Our a106 had some minor problems, but enough to convince me it was time to put her to rest. I saved the console for nostalgic reasons though.

The guy that sold it to us is still in business, he originally wanted to sell me a new Speed Queen, but since we are on well water, and get electricity at farm rates, I thought I'd be comfortable with an older model Maytag. He called me back a few days later, and he found a gently used Maytag LAT9406aae. I did take pictures, but couldn't figure out how to download them from my iPad, sorry. He said he had to replace the bearings, what would cause them to wear out? In any event, the washer was delivered, and was in mint condition.

I love that when you select super, it fills right up to the top, the long spray rinse on Easy Care, and the weird agitator has great rollover. There is slight tub indexing, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch, is this normal?

Also, was this a smart purchase for a daily driver?


Post# 537567 , Reply# 1   8/17/2011 at 12:09 (4,497 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        

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I think a more popular opinion here would be you should have kept the 106 :)

Personally I would have, I'm not a fan of the later Maytags with the fast stroke. I've also heard of many seal and bearing replacements on them. Also this is to assume your newer Maytag is not an Amana-tag or Norge-tag, many are not "real" Maytags. I don't know what that model number you have is though.

Out of curiosity, what was wrong with the 106?


Post# 537595 , Reply# 2   8/17/2011 at 13:36 (4,497 days old) by kindalazy (toronto)        
You're right

I SHOULD have kept the 106, but, the laundry was piling up. The machine went out of balance, did some damage, including killing the timer. Don't make me feel any more guilty than I already do...

The model number is LAT9406AAE. It sounds like the old machine, so I hope it's a genuine maytag.

Thanks Tim,


Post# 537597 , Reply# 3   8/17/2011 at 13:43 (4,497 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        

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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is actually a Newton machine. It's a fast stroke agitation. It's very similar in design as you're old 106, just a bit cheapened :) While I'm not a big Maytag guy, I do like the slow stroke of the older models much more. I under-load my washers anyhow (except the poor little portable BD I have) so the Maytag still does fine even if it has less than spectacular rollover. We had the fast stroke models at the college campus and I did not like them, they were also unreliable in MY experience. Your mileage may vary :)


Post# 538632 , Reply# 4   8/21/2011 at 20:38 (4,492 days old) by dnastrau (Lords Valley, PA)        

Yes, that is a "true" Maytag, not a "Norgetag" or "Amanatag."

Post# 538640 , Reply# 5   8/21/2011 at 21:29 (4,492 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Yes this is the good MT designed and built machine, and it has a larger capacity and better wash action if it has the Load Sensor agitator [ if not get one for it ] than the old MT you had, I think you made the correct decision. The load going OOB could not damage the timer. Be sure that the washer is leveled properly as close to the floor as possible with all four rubber feet in place and all four lock nuts tight against the base of the washer. This is often a problem on Newton MTs if this is not done correctly.

Post# 538680 , Reply# 6   8/22/2011 at 04:35 (4,492 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Load Sensor

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I have a barely used Load Sensor agitator, available at low price--email me if interested--

Post# 538949 , Reply# 7   8/23/2011 at 09:03 (4,491 days old) by kindalazy (toronto)        
Thanks All!

I'm glad I have a genuine Maytag, and yes, it does have a Load Sensor agitator! Great turnover. Do I need to worry about the slight indexing, or is this normal on this machine?


Post# 538956 , Reply# 8   8/23/2011 at 10:22 (4,491 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Slight to moderate indexing hurts nothing in a MT and is normal to some extent depending on the size and type of load being washed. Unlike the Franklin machines where the tub only indexes in one direction and the tub can get going enough that it badly interferes with anything ever turning over.

Post# 539056 , Reply# 9   8/23/2011 at 16:42 (4,491 days old) by kindalazy (toronto)        
Faucet position?

Oh, our washer guy (who sold us the original a106) told me that even if I do a cold water wash and rinse, to make sure both the hot and cold water faucets should be open. Is this right? And if so, why?

Post# 539309 , Reply# 10   8/24/2011 at 19:01 (4,490 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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On this and most washers if only using cold water, only the cold valve need be open.

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