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Post# 1093358   10/16/2020 at 10:51 (897 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

Just picked this up locally for $150. Other than the dirty lint filter that looks as if it was never emptied, it's in excellent condition with little sign of wear. Can't wait to do a load.

Now I need to switch out my Almond colored dryer for a white one.

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Post# 1093363 , Reply# 1   10/16/2020 at 11:15 (897 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Washer - June 1989

Dryer - June 1984

Just a hint of a leak beginning in the lower seal on the washer. This washer has the newer lip seal design which is a breeze to replace compared to the pre June 1986 models.



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Post# 1093368 , Reply# 2   10/16/2020 at 12:07 (897 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

Thanks! I'll take care of the seal. I was a little concerned when I saw the oil but forgot to ask. Luckily I took the detailed images.

Post# 1093369 , Reply# 3   10/16/2020 at 12:10 (897 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Where's the dryer?  I hit the link and saw one picture with the washer on its side in the back of a car.  The rest of the pix were unrelated to the topic.


Post# 1093377 , Reply# 4   10/16/2020 at 12:53 (897 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

Scroll down through the album. If you're on mobile, you'll need to click on the button to reveal the rest of the images.

Any idea how to remove/install the break package without the break tool?


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Post# 1093380 , Reply# 5   10/16/2020 at 13:10 (897 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Got it, thanks!

 

Friends recently moved into a new home that has a similar model washer.  The female half of the couple insisted the washer tub was too small (there are only just the two of them in the household).  The male half maintained that it was a good machine and worth keeping.  I told him I agreed, and that she'd appreciate the fast cycles compared to the funky front-loader they left behind.

 

We got by for years with a mid '70s Maytag pair that included a washer with standard sized tub, and we had two teenage girls in the household. 

 

Good luck with these.  You'll enjoy them.


Post# 1093402 , Reply# 6   10/16/2020 at 15:24 (897 days old) by Good-Shepherd (New Jersey)        
remove/install the break package without the break tool?

Why do you want to remove the brake??

Post# 1093404 , Reply# 7   10/16/2020 at 15:47 (897 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

To replace the transmission lip seal. As you can see from the image there's a leak.

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Post# 1093405 , Reply# 8   10/16/2020 at 16:28 (897 days old) by Good-Shepherd (New Jersey)        
As you can see from the image there's a leak.

For a 31 year old machine thats a minor leak, just clean it up and run it for now.

Lubing the damper pads is the more important maintenance item.



Post# 1093407 , Reply# 9   10/16/2020 at 17:00 (897 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

Will do. I also read that the oil may have leaked during the move.


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Post# 1093410 , Reply# 10   10/16/2020 at 17:09 (897 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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As already noted earlier, I would leave it alone.  When you do decide to replace the seal, you won't need to remove the brake package.  The transmission can be removed while leaving the tub break in place.  Just remove the screw on the bottom of the pulley, along with the lug and washer.  Spin the pulley off and the transmission will then lift off of the brake. 


Post# 1093515 , Reply# 11   10/17/2020 at 10:50 (896 days old) by maytaglvr (Columbia Heights Mn 55421)        
White Maytag Dryer

Hi
Not sure if you are looking for a white dryer to match the washer but there is a high end Electronic Control Dryer for sale in Eau Claire Wisconsin. I have no idea where you are located but thought I would throw it out there for you. It's on Facebook Marketplace. It does say it takes to loads to dry.Looks to be in Excellent Condition. Happy laundering!😉🙂
Steve


Post# 1093516 , Reply# 12   10/17/2020 at 10:58 (896 days old) by maytaglvr (Columbia Heights Mn 55421)        
Maytag Dryer Link

www.facebook.com/marketpl...

Sorry for not adding this.


Post# 1093521 , Reply# 13   10/17/2020 at 11:56 (896 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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TOL DE713 dryer. I had a DG713 for 6 years and loved every minute of it. I don't think this rare and very short lived model had a full 2 year run.

Post# 1093526 , Reply# 14   10/17/2020 at 13:11 (896 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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That does look like an excellent dryer.  How does the electronic control work on those?  I see a timed dry option on the dial, so it clearly doesn't operate the same way as the electronic control does on the older CD series.


Post# 1093536 , Reply# 15   10/17/2020 at 18:24 (896 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Ralph, the left bank of buttons are less dry, normal dry, an more dry. the middle bank of buttons are delicate, medium, and regular fabrc heat. You set the timer dial for regular fabrics, perm press, and perm press with press care. And then select the appropriate temperature and dryness level. then there's the timed dry cycle that's for any length of timed dry plus setting for damp dry and Wrinkle Rid. Air fluff had a separate 30 minute cycle. The slider is the variable signal sound and off.

Post# 1093542 , Reply# 16   10/17/2020 at 18:55 (896 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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This was the very first model Maytag brought back (since 1964 via the D701) where they incorporated a timed dry cool down option rather than using a cool down thermostat after the electronic control unit was satisfied with moisture content. I have no clue why anyone would want to use the timed dry option (or why it was even included) with 3 different sensor controlled cycles plus 3 different moisture level options. I used the "Permanent Press" cycle for wrinkle free clothes since it had a 12 minute cool down and took the clothes out on the second buzzer chime. Towels, wash cloths, sheets, and floor rugs got the "Regular cycle. I never used the "Permanent Press with Press Care" cycle with a 30 minute cool down period.

Here's a thread that goes into more detail about the model and its features. Kenmore71 was kind enough to scan and post the service info Maytag distributed back then (Reply #8)

www.automaticwasher.org/c...

Here's some blurry pics of the console on my unit.


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Post# 1093544 , Reply# 17   10/17/2020 at 19:17 (896 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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I see people everywhere, all the time, using timed dry instead of auto-dry (whether thermostatic or moisture-sensor).

Questioned the nephew once on how he sets it (my 21yo F&P/GE they're using, with moisture sensor / mechanical timer), explaining that the automatic cycles will adjust the time per the size of the load and weight of the fabric.† He nodded and said "I just always set it for an hour."


Post# 1093552 , Reply# 18   10/17/2020 at 20:22 (896 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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"I see people everywhere, all the time, using timed dry instead of auto-dry (whether thermostatic or moisture-sensor)."

Same here. I have family and friends who shelled out big $$ for TOL or near TOL dryers and they all use timed dry only. When I explain its operation and how to use it, (designs vary a bit) they act as if it's some dark and mysterious option that might blow up the dryer. People are weird.


Post# 1093561 , Reply# 19   10/17/2020 at 21:22 (896 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        
"I just always set it for an hour."

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"These go to 11."


Post# 1093624 , Reply# 20   10/18/2020 at 14:45 (895 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

I would love a matching dryer but Iím in California. Thanks for looking out.

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Post# 1093626 , Reply# 21   10/18/2020 at 14:53 (895 days old) by maytaga806 (Putnam, Michigan)        
Gorgeous machine

My teacher in middle school had one in her classroom just like this, but was a smaller capacity with the three hole agitator. The hums from that machine are just so legendary

Post# 1093627 , Reply# 22   10/18/2020 at 15:00 (895 days old) by maytaga806 (Putnam, Michigan)        
RP2813

And yes they better keep that machine, lol ďtoo smallĒ. Thatís what you think until you see how good the turnover is and it can take it. Thatís perfect for two people, I have a 90s direct drive extra large capacity and thatís a little big for just me and my best friend but itís nice for when I need to do a really huge load at once.

She needs to understand if she wants a newer washer that theyíre not only bullshit scams but they wonít last either. Not anything compared to these vintage maytags. My favorite washers of all time


Post# 1093635 , Reply# 23   10/18/2020 at 16:32 (895 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        
and we had two teenage girls in the household.

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That must have shed a few years off of your life ;)

Post# 1093661 , Reply# 24   10/18/2020 at 20:28 (895 days old) by Good-Shepherd (New Jersey)        
Iím in California.

Figured that.

The washer wouldn't be so minty and rust free in a humid climate.


Post# 1093668 , Reply# 25   10/18/2020 at 22:10 (895 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        
On a serious note --

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Oh Dan, we were all (including the younger of Dave's daughters) walking on eggs while the older one was living with us.  Hell on wheels is an understatement, but we got through it until Dave literally pushed her out the door a couple of months shy of her 18th birthday after finding yet another attempt to flush a used tampon plus the wrapper for the new one down the toilet.  It was the tampon that broke the camel's back.  He told her useless mother to come and get her.  We were so done.  We subsequently moved to a house with one less bedroom.

 

I blame this dropout daughter, long since out of the house, a convicted felon due to her stubbornness, stupidity and poor judgement, with three socially inept kids that she would only rarely allow Dave to see, for the massive stroke he had in November of 2009.   She and her kids have only spoken to him once since then, and that was at Dave's dad's funeral a couple of years ago.  Several years ago, all communication ceased with her and the rest of the extended family.

 

In sharp contrast, the younger daughter redeemed herself after tormenting our DG806 with metal bra supports that would get stuck in front of the drum opening and cause a scraping noise.  They were a bitch to extract.  She has two well behaved kids, a great husband, is a no-nonsense mom and put herself through school for a child development degree and operates her own family day care.   She no longer communicates with her older sister or any of her kids.   At this point, I'm this daughter's kids' only grandpa since Dave's assisted living facility is on lockdown and his capability for interaction had steadily become more and more limited even before COVID.

 

So you were kind of right.  Far more than a few of Dave's retirement years were stolen from him by that one daughter, even though it happened long after he kicked her out.

 

 


Post# 1093674 , Reply# 26   10/18/2020 at 22:54 (895 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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That's crazy, I thought it was common knowledge that tampons go in the trash, bras are zipped up in a mesh bag for the washer, and are hung dry only (never machined dry). That's what mom taught me early on, anyway.

Never got married or had kids which is the way I wanted it from the beginning. In my late 30's I briefly question that decision and wondered if I had missed out but reality had a way of setting me straight again. I enjoy playing with my 3 nieces for a few hours but I also enjoy going home to peace, quiet, order, and cleanliness. My later years may get interesting but if things get bad enough, a little inert gas will peacefully transition me into the next stage and I'll light up a stogie with Jessie White and Gordon Jump.


Post# 1093681 , Reply# 27   10/19/2020 at 00:00 (895 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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LOL Dan!  My FWB has an art piece in his living room entitled "Exit Strategy" with a big blue gas cylinder on a cube pedestal in a glass enclosure, all ready to go with tubing, face mask, and small metal hammer hanging on a chain to break the glass.  I should take a picture of it.

 

And yeah, she washed bras with jeans and everything got thrown into the dryer together too.  It's no wonder her bras were always falling apart.

 

I sure didn't sign up for a household with kids, but I think I'm a better person for having gone through it, even though I wasn't their dad and didn't feel I was in a position to take charge.  I learned a lot and even have a better tolerance for infants and toddlers as a result.  If anyone had told me this is how it was going to be, I would have said they were out of their mind.


Post# 1093932 , Reply# 28   10/21/2020 at 03:20 (893 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        

Here she is in action. Is it normal for the filling to be so anemic?











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Post# 1093955 , Reply# 29   10/21/2020 at 11:14 (892 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        
Is it normal for the filling to be so anemic?

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Did you check the screens in the water valve? They get plugged up in hard water conditions or from older homes that have galvanized plumbing.

Post# 1094013 , Reply# 30   10/21/2020 at 21:08 (892 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Anemic Fill

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Go ahead and check the inlet screens but there is a 95% chance you have a worn out inlet valve,

 

Replace it while you can still buy good replacements.

 

John L.


Post# 1094021 , Reply# 31   10/21/2020 at 23:33 (892 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        
95% chance you have a worn out inlet valve

Do you have a good source for an inlet valve for this model?

I was eyeing the one on amazon but the reviews say that thereís a problem with the terminal orientation.


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Post# 1094023 , Reply# 32   10/22/2020 at 00:22 (892 days old) by wa9aLqTh (Bay Area Northern California)        
Inlet valve testing

Valve screen was clean.

Hereís a video of me testing the inlet valve by pressing the temperature settings.






Post# 1094120 , Reply# 33   10/22/2020 at 23:33 (891 days old) by Good-Shepherd (New Jersey)        
testing the inlet valve by pressing the temperature settings

Hot side looks weak. Try reversing the hose hookups and see what happens.

We have a domestic hot water coil. Hot side is always weaker especially when it hasn't been flushed in a while, despite 50 psi water pressure.



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