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Maytag A806 damper and tub support arms
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Post# 1065678   4/2/2020 at 20:37 (1,085 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        

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On my A806, I'd like to remove the damper while the support arms are still attached to the tub. I searched but can't find any mention of anyone doing what I plan to.

I don't think there was any metal rubbing metal, but quite a bit of pad material was hanging out. The inside of the damper seems to be smooth only where it was in contact with what pads were left, so I thought I should try to smooth the whole surface before attaching new pads, and that would be easier with the damper out.

The tub assembly is out of the cabinet and I got the 2 bolts out of each arm but the damper won't easily separate from the arms.

So is it just corrosion keeping the damper from popping off the arms, or is there some feature on the arms or (and) damper to keep them located so that the arms need to be off the tub to disassemble?

Thanks very much,


This post was last edited 04/02/2020 at 20:56

Post# 1065691 , Reply# 1   4/2/2020 at 22:02 (1,085 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Damper Pads

The right way to change the pads is to remove everything.Remove the transmission and unscrew the brake package then lift the tub and transmission support right off.You need to clean the underside of the support. With everything removed you can now remove the old pads and properly glue on new ones.Doing it the other way it doesnt tend to come out as well or last as long.

Post# 1065697 , Reply# 2   4/2/2020 at 23:06 (1,085 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Servicing The Damper In A MT DC Washer

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You can remove the entire outer&inner tub, transmission and damper in one piece by just removing the main drive pulley and unscrewing the brake assembly then release the 3 suspension springs and lift it off the base-plate.


On A MT that old it is probably better to do a complete rebuild unless it is a very low use machine and in great shape, but if you don't want to open a big can of worms and just fix the damper problem you can without tearing the whole thing apart.


John L.

Post# 1065706 , Reply# 3   4/3/2020 at 01:03 (1,085 days old) by robbinsandmyers (Conn)        
complete rebuild

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What would be involved in that combo52? Im planning on replacing both bearings, damper pads, tub seal and bushing, plus replace the top half of the trans with a better one thats not rusty on the splines and has a tighter bushing, plus give the inside a quick cleaning and reassemble with synthetic gear oil. What else should I replace on my 1974 A407?

Post# 1065735 , Reply# 4   4/3/2020 at 10:31 (1,085 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        
This Post From Redcarpetdrew Should Help.

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He explains a method for doing exactly what you're talking about.


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