How to Replace a Maytag Washer Motor


Eventually the motor on a Maytag washer will live out its life. Knowing how to replace a Maytag washer motor will save you money. The average do-it-yourself homeowner can replace the motor on a Maytag Amana in a few hours. Once the washer cabinet is disassembled, the motor can be easily accessed.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Putty Knife
  • Socket Wrench Set
  • Screwdriver
  • Disconnect the power supply to the washer by removing it from the wall socket. Place a bucket behind the washer below the water-hose connections. Remove the water hoses from the back of the washer and place the ends in the bucket.

  • Insert the putty knife between the top cover and front panel. Press in to release the holding clip. Repeat for the opposite side. Lift the top panel up and over until it rests on the hinges.

  • Remove the retaining screws on the top front panel that connect it to the sides using a socket wrench. Lift up on the front panel and set it to the side.

  • Remove the motor ground wire located near the motor shield with a screwdriver. The motor shield is at the bottom right-hand side of the washer.

  • Remove the motor shield by removing the retaining bolts with an appropriate size socket wrench.

  • Locate the wiring harness connector and disconnect it. You will need to insert a small-blade screwdriver in between the connection and twist.

  • Remove the screws that hold the motor to the base using the socket wrench.

  • Position the new motor in place and attach by screwing it into the washer base. Reconnect the wiring harness by pushing the connectors together.

  • Reinstall the motor shield using the retaining bolts. Attach the motor ground wire by twisting the end around the grounding screw and tightening the screw down.

  • Lift the front panel in place over the bottom retaining tabs and connect the top of it to the sides with the two retaining screws.

  • Swing the top cover back into place and gently push down to engage the locking tabs.

  • Reconnect the water hoses to the back of the dryer. Turn the water supply back on.

  • Reconnect the power supply to the washer by plugging it back into the wall socket. Push the washer back into its permanent position.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power before working on electrical appliances


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