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Maytag Power-fin agitator lock screw doesn't work
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Post# 1079730   7/4/2020 at 01:39 (1,330 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

My 712 Power-fin lock screw doesn't work anymore. It does not tighten and lock the screw in place any longer. It slides up and down the shaft...doesn't come off ...but, because it's not in place it jerks as it agitates and is off-center. Do I need to replace it?

Post# 1079755 , Reply# 1   7/4/2020 at 08:37 (1,330 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Loose MT Power-Finn Agitator

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The lock screw is only to keep the agitator from flying off durning the spin cycle and causing possible injury.


If the agitator has much back and forth play it should be replaced, MT agitators do wear out, I just threw one out last week that was quite worn.


John L.

Post# 1079771 , Reply# 2   7/4/2020 at 12:28 (1,330 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Hi John L, as I tighten the screw, it just the rinse as the it fills, the agitator floats and I have to push it down

Post# 1079781 , Reply# 3   7/4/2020 at 13:41 (1,330 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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The screw was probably over tightened and stripped out the hole.

You can purchase and install a stop ring and it'll prevent the agitator from floating off of the upper trans shaft. You'll have to plug the screw hole off with a quality epoxy and check it on a regular basis to make sure it remains completely sealed.

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Post# 1079786 , Reply# 4   7/4/2020 at 14:20 (1,330 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Aeyyy Dan, good I really don't have to buy another...

Post# 1079797 , Reply# 5   7/4/2020 at 15:12 (1,330 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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You should be good :)

Post# 1079804 , Reply# 6   7/4/2020 at 16:26 (1,330 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Thanks guys

Post# 1080045 , Reply# 7   7/6/2020 at 12:52 (1,328 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

What's considered a quality epoxy qsd-dan?

Post# 1080047 , Reply# 8   7/6/2020 at 13:03 (1,328 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Original JB Weld is a good product.

Post# 1080076 , Reply# 9   7/6/2020 at 17:06 (1,328 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

I was looking at that...thanks

Post# 1080078 , Reply# 10   7/6/2020 at 17:12 (1,328 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

DaveRepair suggests and advise people to lube the stop ring and agitator shaft preventing future agitator/shaft freezing...what do you think about it Dan and or guys?

Post# 1080091 , Reply# 11   7/6/2020 at 17:53 (1,328 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Good advice. I remove the agitator every new years day on my daily driver 806 and apply petroleum jelly to the stop ring and agitator shaft. I also replace the water filter in my fridge on this day.

Post# 1080101 , Reply# 12   7/6/2020 at 19:06 (1,328 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Okay thought was the "lube" would seep into the water and bother the laundry
...another question while I have you, my 712 was making clank/banging noise recently when spinning heavy or off balanced loads

...discovered that the washtub is elevated HIGHER and LEANING towards the left side of the outer tub creating the noise.

What could have cause this to happen because it was spinning fine for months after the rebuild

Post# 1080114 , Reply# 13   7/6/2020 at 20:32 (1,328 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Use a very thin layer of Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly and it won't transfer to the washtub.

It sounds like the inner tub got thrown off center. Although this is a rare occurrence, I just helped another member with this same issue about a month and a half ago.

Remove the front panel and check all 3 suspension springs, hold down bolts and (underneath the base plate) nuts. Verify nothing is broken or excessively loose. If this checks out, you'll have to remove the top tub cover and confirm the inner tub is centered to the outer tub. Here's the thread:


Post# 1080122 , Reply# 14   7/6/2020 at 22:49 (1,327 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Okay so the washtub shifted off center because I did not tighten it enough...(just wanted to make sure I didn't over-do-it)...this is my issue!...thanks a million Dan...I'll keep you posted

Post# 1080476 , Reply# 15   7/10/2020 at 04:43 (1,324 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Have the parts but the screw will not come out being that the hole is stripped out...any ideas how to remove it?

Post# 1080485 , Reply# 16   7/10/2020 at 08:27 (1,324 days old) by eronie (Flushing Michigan)        

Easy Out.

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Post# 1080515 , Reply# 17   7/10/2020 at 15:42 (1,324 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

I was able to loosen the screw

Post# 1080695 , Reply# 18   7/11/2020 at 21:57 (1,322 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

It's done guys!!! Dan thanks for your tutorial, so cool...I was fortunate that I didn't have to un/re-screw and re-centering several times. I just rechecked and centered the tub the best EYE could SEE...then used two sandpaper sponges and some thick blankets I stuck between the inner and outer tub to keep it from I gradually tightened the nut...spun check the tub and tightened it a little more...lastly, I let it spin the full cycle and re-tightened it. I made sure I did not over-do-it, but did a better job tightening the nut this time. Now I'm allowing the epoxy the dry and harden so I can install my stop-ring for the Power-fin

Post# 1080700 , Reply# 19   7/11/2020 at 23:04 (1,322 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Good deal. You should be good to go once the epoxy fully cures.

Post# 1080710 , Reply# 20   7/12/2020 at 00:57 (1,322 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

Thanks again Dan and all

Post# 1080720 , Reply# 21   7/12/2020 at 05:39 (1,322 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I would have just put in a larger screw.....

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