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Looking for MAYTAG WASHER Lubrication Instructions
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Post# 1072230   5/12/2020 at 23:36 (1,437 days old) by MaytagBeliever (Raleigh, NC)        

As I disassembled my washer, I saw a yellow thick lubricant used in various places. Is there a video or instructions on what kind of lubricant I should be using and where it should be used? My motor mount kit and damper pads came with Molykote 111 Compound - Dow Corning (it's a thick silicone and made for plumbing O-rings, etc.).
I bought some Valvoline Full Synthetic Moly-Fortified Gray Grease, but it is not thick like what I found during disassembly. I saw a video somewhere on what to use and where, but now I can't find it. Thanks for any assistance.

Post# 1072239 , Reply# 1   5/13/2020 at 00:49 (1,437 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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What are you trying to lubricate?

The only place where traditional grease is used on a Maytag automatic washer made after 1965 is a small dab on the suspension springs/eye bolts and under the cap of the lug stop mechanism on the transmission pulley. Otherwise, you can sort of pack grease in the pulley bearing if you want to fight with it. Depending on the brake package bearing design, (most of these are sealed) you may be able to re-pack them but a good quality new bearing, like an NSK is only around $10 and not worth the hassle of cleaning and re greasing IMO. Just replace.

Silicone grease is used for the motor carriage rollers/glides and damper pads.

Gear oil is used inside the transmission. (Properly choosing the correct transmission oil varies depending on location and temperature swings where the machine will be subjected to)

Turbine oil is used for the motor bearings, pump bearings, tub bearing.

Brake package uses gear oil but only required when it starts squealing during the braking portion of the spin cycle.

I use Vaseline on the triangular tub cover seal before installing the band clamp. It makes for a perfect seal the first time around without rushing the job and making mistakes, like other methods using Windex.

Post# 1072457 , Reply# 2   5/14/2020 at 08:28 (1,436 days old) by MaytagBeliever (Raleigh, NC)        

A lot of the parts company videos don't show parts being lubricated including the tub sleeve bearing. They mostly show where to make sure there is no oil. Where can I buy turbine oil? Is the rubber cap onto of the motor shaft come off to lubricate the motor? Thanks for the help.

Post# 1072508 , Reply# 3   5/14/2020 at 14:23 (1,435 days old) by hobbyapocalypse (Northeast Pennsylvania)        
turbine oil

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is sold in the Zoom-spout oiler. There are different flavors but look for "turbine oil" or "turbine lubricating oil" on the label. Hardware stores should have it.

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Post# 1072823 , Reply# 4   5/16/2020 at 13:50 (1,433 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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MaytagBeliever, what machine model are you working on?

Be aware that some lubrication guidance has changed over the years, and the correct answer may depend not only on what machine you have, but the age and style of the replacement parts as well. Maytag superseded things like the tub seals several times, for example, with completely different materials and lubrication instructions in the process.

A different discussion for reference:

Also, adding on to Dan's list, if using non-Maytag gear oil, you would specifically want to use a non-hypoid gear oil. Hypoid gear oil typically contains sulphur-based pressure and wear additives that are corrosive to the yellow metal bushings in the transmission case. Genuine transmission oil is still readily available as well.

Post# 1072884 , Reply# 5   5/16/2020 at 20:49 (1,433 days old) by MaytagBeliever (Raleigh, NC)        

Thanks for the help.

I replaced the brass/bronze pinion washer because it was heavily scored. Nothing else showed any wear. I looked up the oil specifications after reading this (my transmission is already filled and closed) and thanks God it is ok:

API/GL-4 Multi-Purpose Gear Oil 85W90, 32 Fl Oz
No. SL24229 | Item# 1007801 | Case# 1007800
Product Description GL-4 Hypoid Gear Oil has low pour points and high temp
properties to provide lubrication over a wide temperature
range. This versatile lubricant contains anti-rust and antiwear EP additives to provide the corrosion protection in drives and hypoid gears. It is not corrosive to copper, bronze, or other non-ferrous alloy bearings and bushings.

Where can I buy the Zoom Spout Oil?


Post# 1072894 , Reply# 6   5/16/2020 at 22:16 (1,433 days old) by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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>> Where can I buy the Zoom Spout Oil?

Amazon is probably the easiest way, but your local hardware store might carry it.
Do heed the fine print of hobbyapocalypse's post though - Not all Zoom Spout oil is turbine oil - some, such as the "white" varieties or anything marketed for sewing purposes, are of a thinner viscosity. "Zoom Spout" is just a trade name for the style of bottle that the oil comes in. ("Extendo", for example, is a competitor).

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