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Post# 1068660   4/22/2020 at 14:08 (1,066 days old) by Janes (Rochester)        

I have two washers that must go one is a A606 that Iíve used until a couple weeks ago. Iíve had it since 1996. Lots of new parts within the last 5 years or so. New motor, timer, water pump, and belts. The transmission leaks and Iím getting tired of cleaning the underneath. The second one is an A 312 that I got to replace the 606. A very clean washer but it leaks water from the tub. So I had to get a newer washer because I needed one now. If anyone wants parts Iím willing to part them out. They will soon go to the scrap yard. That will be a sad day!

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Post# 1068718 , Reply# 1   4/22/2020 at 21:54 (1,065 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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Where is the A312 leaking from?

Some of the Maytag leaks only take a few minutes and a few bucks to fix, so it might be worth repairing if you can isolate where it is coming from.

Post# 1068900 , Reply# 2   4/23/2020 at 20:04 (1,064 days old) by Janes (Rochester)        

Itís leaking at the tub where the clamp holds the two pieces together. I took the clamp off cleaned up the rust on the tub and the seal but it still leaks.

Post# 1068968 , Reply# 3   4/24/2020 at 03:02 (1,064 days old) by hoover28 (Oneida NY)        
are you in Rochester NY

if so I may have interest in getting them. I am about 2 hours from there.



Post# 1068990 , Reply# 4   4/24/2020 at 06:19 (1,064 days old) by Janes (Rochester)        

No sorry Rochester,MN

Post# 1069130 , Reply# 5   4/25/2020 at 01:27 (1,063 days old) by hoover28 (Oneida NY)        

ok thanks anyway

Post# 1069457 , Reply# 6   4/26/2020 at 20:47 (1,061 days old) by MaytagBeliever (Raleigh, NC)        

What kind of transmission is on the almond A312 washer and is it original?

Post# 1069478 , Reply# 7   4/26/2020 at 23:29 (1,061 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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This A312 was built in August of 1986 so originally it wouldíve had the pitman transmission.

Post# 1069483 , Reply# 8   4/26/2020 at 23:52 (1,061 days old) by MaytagBeliever (Raleigh, NC)        

Oh I was looking for parts from a helical transmission. My washer is a 1985 LA512. Apparently the next year they changed to orbital transmission.

Post# 1069489 , Reply# 9   4/27/2020 at 01:22 (1,061 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Pitman is helical drive.† Orbital is helical drive.

Pitman and orbital refer to the gearing *inside* the transmissions ... not the method of driving them.

Helical refers to the spiral groove cut into the drive shaft that extends down under the base, onto which the belt-driven pulley is mounted and climbs up and down via the spiral to release the brake and rotate the entire assembly for spin, or engage the brake and drive only the transmission input shaft for agitation.

Post# 1069594 , Reply# 10   4/27/2020 at 19:24 (1,060 days old) by Janes (Rochester)        

Hereís a picture of the transmission

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Post# 1069618 , Reply# 11   4/27/2020 at 21:29 (1,060 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Yes itís the older style pitman transmission. Sure looks clean underneath.

Post# 1069707 , Reply# 12   4/28/2020 at 12:53 (1,060 days old) by Janes (Rochester)        

It is, thatís why Iíd hate to throw it away.

Post# 1069724 , Reply# 13   4/28/2020 at 14:30 (1,060 days old) by maytagbeliever (Raleigh, NC)        
Maytag Transmission

That transmission you show in the last picture, does it still work? That looks like exactly what I need to replace. If so I would love to get it. And I am also looking everywhere to find the brake assembly wrench. Does anyone have any idea where I can find one? I am planning to buy the Maytag tub wrench. Also my ceramic tub cover has rust at the injector fill retainer tab. I am planning to remove the rust and try to repair that area with marine epoxy.

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Post# 1069731 , Reply# 14   4/28/2020 at 15:37 (1,059 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        
Brake assembly

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Mine came off with no trouble using a board for leverage, and 2 clamps as in the pictures.

Notice the solid jaws of the clamps are against the ribs on the brake unit so when you push on the clamps you're pushing against the ribs. Also notice the little shim under each solid jaw to allow it to clamp against the solid part of the brake.

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Post# 1069739 , Reply# 15   4/28/2020 at 17:04 (1,059 days old) by Janes (Rochester)        

Yes it works good, the only problem with that washer was the tub leak. If you want it please let me know Iím getting rid of it tomorrow.

Post# 1069746 , Reply# 16   4/28/2020 at 17:37 (1,059 days old) by maytagbeliever (Raleigh, NC)        

that's a great idea but I think the wood would have to have a hole the size of the shaft to go thru and I think the brake may be recessed in the cabinet too much to contact the base of the C clamps? I used a vice grips cover with a piece of wood and wd40 and had to hammer to death to get it to turn with my hands. Such a large diameter threaded part is so hard to get to turn without good leverage.

Post# 1069805 , Reply# 17   4/28/2020 at 23:04 (1,059 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        
Steven you may be right

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about using a board with a clearance hole for the shaft. I do have boards with holes in them around here. Too bad I didn't think of taking a picture at the time.

Sounds like you got the brake off okay. I'd like to see how you do with repairing that rusty area.

And I hope somebody can take those machines before they get thrown away.

Post# 1069867 , Reply# 18   4/29/2020 at 11:32 (1,059 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Such are the realities to owning antique appliances.

Post# 1070820 , Reply# 19   5/4/2020 at 15:41 (1,053 days old) by kateinva (MetroDC)        
Interest in A606 Timer


if you still have that A606 I'm potentially interested in the timer. I need the 204476-3 part number timer. There are several different timers used on that model depending on whether it had permanent press cycle and the like.

Is that your timer? If so, what would you be selling it for? Thanks.


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