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Maytag Neptune MAH5500BWW
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Post# 1068039   4/18/2020 at 23:58 (1,330 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        

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I found a MAH5500BWW on Facebook marketplace I'm going to pick it up tomorrow.
I posted this in imperial because if the serial number ending is YH or earlier then it is 20 years old or more. I have had past experience with the Neighbors MAH4000AWQ. Is there anyway to tell if it has the 12002039 pre-installed or if I will need to order it if it fails? or do I have to remove the front cover and look in? I'm taking it regardless but just to save a bill of $120 on it. I already need to get the bearings and seal. Description of the listing is: Still runs and washes clothes (gets loud during spin cycle).

Post# 1068217 , Reply# 1   4/19/2020 at 21:09 (1,329 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
Picked up

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I picked it up today and the bearings were toast. like literally. the tub dropped as if the spider was broken. It has the original Switched Reluctance motor. I hope it doesn't short on me and fry the transistors anytime soon. I love the sound.

Post# 1068237 , Reply# 2   4/19/2020 at 23:10 (1,329 days old) by Tomdawg (Des moines)        

I have a MAH4000 running at 21 years old. Original motor and control boards.
I bypassed the lock system. Usually itís the wax motor that burns them up. Otherwise itís a great machine. I have two young kids that generate so much laundry. Iím surprised it hasnít died yet.

If my memory serves me right. Mah5500a was a push button and mah5500b was the new wave style control panel. Those wave style control panels had their problems pretty much worked out by then.

Post# 1068561 , Reply# 3   4/21/2020 at 22:37 (1,327 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
Is this dead?

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Is the thread dead?

Post# 1068587 , Reply# 4   4/22/2020 at 07:06 (1,327 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Orignal MT FL Neptune Motors

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Hi Kelly, we still have several of the original motors and boards lying around for these if you need one.


They did make a cool sound.


John L.

Post# 1068701 , Reply# 5   4/22/2020 at 19:09 (1,326 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
Hold on to them!

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The one that came with mine still works. I updated a friends MAH4000AWQ for the 12002039 and that completely ruined it for me. no more groaning/whirring. And no more Whirling on the final spin. this MAH5500BWW is JAN 2001. Hold on to those old ones. I don't want to ruin my very own. if it already had the 12002039 I would have said GOSH DANG IT! How much would the motor on it's own cost we have a soldering iron to fix the board in the event of a failure.

Post# 1078599 , Reply# 6   6/25/2020 at 08:08 (1,262 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
Free Parts from The Used Appliance store scrap bin.

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I parted out a MAH6500AWW. Took the door,12002039 motor conversion upgrade and the boards. I will probably install the 12002039 the next Time I use it. I want to preserve the original setup. The bearings were actually good and now I am concerned that someone just got their tax refunds and bought GARBAGE! new machines. The set was there. I wonder if I just dismantled a perfectly working washer.

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Post# 1078600 , Reply# 7   6/25/2020 at 08:10 (1,262 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
About the door

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I took the Door to modify it for a window. Yogitunes can you tell me how you did it?

Post# 1080559 , Reply# 8   7/11/2020 at 01:40 (1,247 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
IS the thread TOTALLY DEAD?

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Does anyone have a Extra Harness to go Between the Motor controller and Noise filter?

Post# 1106580 , Reply# 9   2/2/2021 at 23:32 (1,040 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
Still looking for that harness

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I am still looking for that harness.

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