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Post# 1064729   3/26/2020 at 21:08 (1,092 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        

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Hello all! I have a question for you. I recently picked up a Maytag model A710. It will cycle fine up until the last spin where it'll keep spinning and wont advance after that. The timer knob is a little stiff, and hard to turn. Does this mean the timer is bad and needs to be replaced? Or is it possible to oil it?

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Post# 1064866 , Reply# 1   3/27/2020 at 23:58 (1,091 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Anthony, it does sound like the timer may have developed a dead spot on final spin, but let's see if the experts here chime in to offer some troubleshooting tips.


I've always liked the off-white buttons and timer knob trim on the n10 series better than the brown-on-brown of the n12.  The off-white buttons carry over an element of styling from the n10's center dial predecessors. 


Your 710 is a desirable machine, and worth the cost of a new timer or a properly functioning used one if that's what's needed.

Post# 1064870 , Reply# 2   3/28/2020 at 02:25 (1,091 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        
I agree

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I like the off white buttons also. The model I had before this was an a712, and I didnt care for the "slide" selector for the load size. I dont know why, it was just weird to me I guess haha.

Post# 1065141 , Reply# 3   3/29/2020 at 23:37 (1,089 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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Some ratchety stiffness in the timer is completely normal - rotating the timer has to push aside all of the firmly spring-loaded contacts as it turns.

When you say it cycles fine until the final spin and then doesn't stop, which cycle are you running? Permanent Press, Timed Soak, and Regular all have their own separate programs on the timer wheel, each with their own separate "off" positions.

Before replacing the timer, I'd say run a quick test on all three of those cycles, and see what happens. Knowing on which of those it fails could help troubleshoot the problem.

Post# 1065238 , Reply# 4   3/30/2020 at 18:40 (1,088 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        

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It will start the final spin after the rinse, and wont advance any further after that, it will just keep on spinning and wont advance over to "off". I just did a load and took a photo of where it stays. I just use the "Regular Fabrics" cycle. I haven't tested it out on any other cycles yet.

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Post# 1065240 , Reply# 5   3/30/2020 at 18:45 (1,088 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Sticking Timer

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Open up the console and spray a good silicone lubricant on the large cam inside the timer and see if that helps.


John L.

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