How to Replace a Snubber in a Maytag Washer Machine

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Maytag residential washing machines contain an internal component known as a snubber ring that's designed to minimize the noise and vibration produced during the washing cycle. If your Maytag washer shakes so much that it "walks" across the floor or you spot white shavings underneath the machine, a worn-out snubber ring is the likely culprit. Replacing the snubber ring in a Maytag washer is a lengthy and complicated task. Contact a professional if you're not confident in your ability to perform this repair.

Things You'll Need

  • Duct tape
  • Putty knife
  • Hex-head screwdriver
  • Pliers or Maytag spring removal tool
  • Towel or cardboard box
  • 1 1/2-inch self-tapping sheet metal screws, 2
  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cornstarch
  • Disconnect the electrical cord from the wall outlet. Turn off the hot and cold water supply valves on the wall behind the washer.

  • Tape the washer lid closed to prevent it from opening when you raise the top cover. Slip a putty knife under the top cover and apply pressure to the retaining clips securing the cover to the top of the washer cabinet. Lift the top cover up and tip it back to rest on its hinge stops. Remove the hex-head screws from the top edge of the front panel and pull the panel away from the washer.

  • Tip the washer back to access the belt drive assembly on the bottom of the appliance. Remove the drive belt from the pulley system. Return the washer to the upright position.

  • Locate the clear water level pressure hose on the bottom left side of the washer tub. Disconnect the water level pressure hose from its port. Squeeze the pinch clamp to detach the drain hose from the back of the washer tub.

  • Unhook the tub suspension springs at the bottom of the washer tub, using pliers or the Maytag spring removal tool. Work carefully to prevent the tub and transmission from tipping over. Have someone hold the tub steady while you remove the suspension springs, if necessary.

  • Pad the floor in front of the washer with an old towel or flattened cardboard box. Lift the tub and transmission assembly out through the top of the washer. Turn the tub upside-down and place it on the padded surface.

  • Remove one of the six hex-head screws securing the brake stator cover to the underside of the suspension housing. Remove the screw directly across from the first one you removed. Replace the removed screws with 1 1/2-inch self-tapping sheet metal screws. Take out the four remaining hex-head screws and reserve them for reassembly. Loosen the two self-tapping screws by 1/2 an inch.

  • Pry up the brake stator cover, using a small flat-head screwdriver, and remove the white snubber ring. Swab the snubber ring housing with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease.

  • Set the new snubber ring in place on the snubber housing. Shift the snubber ring to the left and right to slip the edge of the ring under the brake stator cover. Use the small flat-head screwdriver to slightly lift the stator cover, if necessary. Rotate the snubber ring in its housing to ensure that it's installed properly.

  • Screw down the two self-tapping screws. Reinsert and tighten the four reserved hex-head screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean the base of the washer with rubbing alcohol and sprinkle it with cornstarch before reassembling the appliance. Reverse the removal instructions to replace the removed components.
  • Replacing the snubber ring in your Maytag washer may void its warranty. Contact Maytag customer service for more information or to written written permission to perform the repair.

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References

  • Washing Machine Repair; Douglas Emley
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