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Post# 969533   11/23/2017 at 10:27 (302 days old) by Johnb300m (Chicago)        

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My parents' 1982 Maytag LA511 has kicked the bucket.
A jammed item toasted the belts, and maybe have done something funny to the brake assembly. Not sure.
There's also lots of evidence of rust underneath from minor leaks over time.
However, the main seal above the Pitman trans. looks pristine still.

It's free in the South Chicago suburbs this holiday weekend thru Sunday if anyone wants to come take it away :)

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Post# 969613 , Reply# 1   11/23/2017 at 21:53 (301 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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That would be an identical twin to mine. Did someone tip it up and turn the motor, pump and transmission pulleys on the bottom to see just what might be causing it?

Post# 969653 , Reply# 2   11/24/2017 at 10:49 (301 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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We had that washer, in white. Rescued from a trade in pile, a set of belts was the only repair in the 10 or so years we had it.

Post# 970135 , Reply# 3   11/26/2017 at 18:19 (298 days old) by Johnb300m (Chicago)        

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In summary, the ole' gal is going to Waste Management on Wednesday.
Amazingly, they'll pick it up with a heads up only; no stickers.

As for further diagnosis, what caused the problem was a pair of female unmentionables went over the drum edge. Lodged between the basket and tub/water inlet.
Upon further testimonials, apparently my brother way overloaded the machine and it strained all through the wash cycle, likely toasting the belt.
Then when the jam occurred, it further melted down most of the drive belt, coating the motor pulley in rubber, causing smells and some mild smoke.
The brake assembly was oddly messed up too, as it took several attempts by me to run it in spin intermittently to get the drum brake to set again.
In all, it IS fixable. Needs all new belts.
But this was a straw that broke the camel's back.
There are numerous age issues that my parents have refused to address, due to cost on such an old machine.
All the hose brackets are rusty. The drain hoses are suspiciously soft.
The main drive pulley and brake assembly are weeping oil on the floor.
The trans. seal was a bit weepy on the perimeter.
Most alarmingly, the holes and bolt gaskets that perforate the outer tub for support, are worn, causing years of seepage down the support arms to the base pan.
Surprisingly, the snubber pads are okay with that onslaught of water.

But with all those little nagging issues, it was given its last family rights.
It was a noble performer for 35 years, and my parents are eager to modernize.

After scrounging around all Black Friday morning for a replacement, and a store with units in stock, we settled on an incremental evolution, with a new Maytag MVW765.
The transport, swap, and install were a breeze.
It's a beautiful new washer!
MUCH quieter than the old Maytag, and almost twice as large.
It valiantly tackled a grimey load of my brother's work clothes.
And it scrubbed them clean in HE mode (yes you heard me!)
The only place it faultered were some of the rings around his collars, which my mom has to heavily soak and pre-treat, and even after that, did not always come full-out in the old Maytag.
But 765 got a good chunk of it out on Normal cycle!
So mom's excited, and dad's happy to get such a sale deal, and save some water.


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