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Maytag A211 replaced with A210 a few questions please
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Post# 993685   5/9/2018 at 20:47 by Cartel (Chilliwack BC)        

Hello I purchased a A210 to replace a A211 that was just "worn out".
I notice that the A210 agitator moves much faster that the A211 did and I tried to hold it to test and its pretty strong compared to the old one (un-holdable).

The worry I have is the agitator pulls up and pushes down about a 1/4 inch of "play".
I took the bolt out and pulled the agitator and see some soap scum but that was it, it looks good.
Am I missing a "collar" that goes in there?
The 211 was sturdy and I tried to remove the agitator and its not happening.

Are these 2 different beasts?

thank you for your time,


Post# 993762 , Reply# 1   5/10/2018 at 12:14 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Almost two different beasts. Sounds like your 211 has a orbital transmission which is a faster stroke than whats in the 210, which has a short stroke transmission. 


Slight up and down agitator play is normal on Maytags, especially the ones that have a set screw holding it to the agitator shaft. And there is no collar that goes underneath the agitator. 

Post# 993854 , Reply# 2   5/11/2018 at 06:35 by Cartel (Chilliwack BC)        

Thanks for the reply.
I was thinking this?


Post# 993878 , Reply# 3   5/11/2018 at 13:51 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Im not sure what that part is, or where it belongs to. Its not listed on the A210 or 211 in any of the parts breakdown sheets near the agitator. I have two Maytags that have some vertical play, Im not worried about it. 

Post# 993892 , Reply# 4   5/11/2018 at 16:29 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The part of question is a Maytag agitator stop ring.  I have three spares.  It fits onto the drive shaft and anchors agitators that press on instead of having a set-screw.

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Post# 993893 , Reply# 5   5/11/2018 at 16:37 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Learn something new every day! I do see it on the breakdown for the 806. I had no idea they has a rubber stop ring, I always thought it was friction fit just by the plastic. 

Post# 994050 , Reply# 6   5/13/2018 at 06:30 by Cartel (Chilliwack BC)        

Thanks for the info.
The old washer I replaced the belts on it but it starting slipping again a year or 2 later.
Maybe its the pulley thats worn?
The 210 looks identical, but only the outside.

The lint trap on the 210 is a bit bigger around than the 211.
The owner is 72 and the washer is a tight fit I even have to remove the door near it to clear the hinge so I wanted to find the right machine that would fit.

The "new" 210 is a bit weak on the spin cycle but the wash cycle it super strong compared the to old one which was suffering on both. Hopefully its normal, it does spin out the clothes so maybe its ok?



Post# 994068 , Reply# 7   5/13/2018 at 12:26 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

The belts naturally slip on a Maytag when its draining and spinning. Once the water is out of the tub the slip will become less and less. 

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