Thread Number: 82930  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
Maytag -- pitman transmission -- agitator shaft -- technical question
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Post# 1071586   5/9/2020 at 14:14 (1,440 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        

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Well I decided to do a more thorough repair on my A806, so the transmission is out and I notice something strange. I wonder if anyone can explain.

I can turn the agitator shaft back and forth a little by hand. It turns with lots of drag, like turning a reduction gear in reverse. The input shaft does not turn, but I wouldn't expect it to.

The agitator worked fine before disassembly so I don't think anything is broken. It seems like the agitator shaft is designed as two pieces that can slip so that in case the agitator jams it doesn't immediately break something. Is this correct or could there be another explanation?

Post# 1073447 , Reply# 1   5/20/2020 at 07:45 (1,430 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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The agitator shaft is one piece, there was no design feature in case it gets jammed, but all parts of the gear case are strong enough that if it jams nothing will break with a little 1/3 HP motor driving it with a belt that can slip.


John L.

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