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Post# 547779   10/6/2011 at 12:23 (4,447 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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Hello - My Whirlpool top loader recently finished a load with a few smudges of a grease of some sort in several spots near the bottom of the tub so I'm considering a new machine. Since real Maytag Dependable Cares are no longer available, I'm considering a Speed Queen, (not ready to move away from a traditional top-loader. I'm thinking of the AWN432 because it has two speeds, and a second rinse option.

Does anyone have any experience with the new SQ top loaders? Do they do a spin-drain or neutral drain first? Doe they do spin-sprays?


Post# 547821 , Reply# 1   10/6/2011 at 14:45 (4,447 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
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Hi Leonard

I have the AWN552 that's for export markets and for the Australian market they actually have a neutral drain, but those models available in the US have a spin-drain.

Mine is great and i don't think you'll be sorry if you ended up getting one. There are many video's on youtube that myself and others have posted of their models in action.


Post# 547840 , Reply# 2   10/6/2011 at 16:27 (4,447 days old) by drnls ()        

I recently started researching new TL washers. Had a Maytag Bravos for 1 week and returned it. I am currently waiting on a new 542. There are several issues discussed several threads down. I don't think you will be disappointed from what I have read. Nelson

Post# 547880 , Reply# 3   10/6/2011 at 22:09 (4,446 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Why the grease spots?

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Might it just be a buildup of detergent and/or fabric softener residue inside the agitator or in the outer tub? Before condemning the washer, look at these parts and clean them if necessary.


Post# 547882 , Reply# 4   10/6/2011 at 22:20 (4,446 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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I don't use fabric softener, so it's not that. I usually use liquid Arm & Hammer and I double rinse most stuff so I think it's unlikely. I did notice when I got the machine that unless you remove the agitator fabric softer dispenser mildew builds up inside that area, so I long ago removed the dispenser. Perhaps I should remove the agitator...if I could figure out how!

Post# 547883 , Reply# 5   10/6/2011 at 22:22 (4,446 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Is it a Whirlpool Direct Drive?

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What kind of beast are we dealing with?

Post# 547887 , Reply# 6   10/6/2011 at 22:38 (4,446 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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Here's one:

Post# 547888 , Reply# 7   10/6/2011 at 22:39 (4,446 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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Here's another:

Post# 547909 , Reply# 8   10/7/2011 at 00:15 (4,446 days old) by MatthewZA (Cape Town, South Africa)        
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i have had 2 speed queens and you will never find a machine as solid and as hard working and reliable as speed queen. they are great and u can wash just about anything in them. so do yourself a favour and make what could be the vest investment of your life and get a speed queen and maybe the matching dryer too? ;)

Post# 547910 , Reply# 9   10/7/2011 at 00:17 (4,446 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Direct Drive.

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Inside the agitator's middle, there should be a plastic cap, remove it. Below that, there should be a bolt, remove it too. Pull the agitator up from the bottom. Don't hit yourself in the face with it.

You have a 2-piece agitator. The upper part has the corkscrew blades. It will pull off the lower portion with the fins on the base so long as the bolt is out. Look inside and see what you find. Be mindful of the ratcheting cams in the middle. That assembly is what drives the upper portion of the agitator. If you loose the dogs, they'll run you about $4.00 for a new set. The Direct Drive is a good washer. It's reliable, easy to work on, and has a long and solid reputation.


PS: The agitator dogs are part #80040, in case you need them.

Post# 547920 , Reply# 10   10/7/2011 at 00:56 (4,446 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Should he get the SQ, or should he get this Maytag?

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Post# 547921 , Reply# 11   10/7/2011 at 00:58 (4,446 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Post# 547923 , Reply# 12   10/7/2011 at 01:40 (4,446 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Nothing wrong with a  couple of $100.  Tags hanging around,  they are so therapeutic.  The one Peter posted looks like a plug & play machine. alr

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