How to Remove theTransmission on a Maytag Washer


Maytag top load washers are back-to-basics machines built with durability and dependability in mind. These washers rely on tried and tested technology and simple operation. Although some of the newer models offer up to 10 different washing cycles, all Maytag top-loaders that employ a spiral agitator are equipped with straightforward electromechanical controls instead of the sometimes frustrating state-of-the-art electronics associated with top-end machines. Even though the transmission baseplate and coupler are sturdy, well-designed components, the transmission occasionally fails after extended service. If and when that happens, any homeowner with basic mechanical skills can install a replacement in about two hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Spin drum spanner wrench - part number TB123A
  • Hammer
  • Torx T20 screwdriver
  • 1/2-inch ring-wrench
  • 1/2-inch socket wrench
  • Unplug the washing machine, turn the hot and cold faucets off and remove the hoses.

  • Lay the machine on its back and remove the front panel by undoing the attaching screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the two drive belts from the pulleys on the bottom of the machine.

  • Pry the stub lug cover from the hub of the large central transmission pulley on the bottom of the machine. Remove the screw from the center of the hub with the Phillips screwdriver. Lift the stub lug washer out of the recess in the center of the hub.

  • Remove the transmission pulley and bearing by spinning it off the shaft in a counterclockwise direction.

  • Disconnect the hose leading from the tub to the pump by loosening the two hose clamps with a flat screwdriver. Stand the washing machine upright.

  • Undo the two screws holding the side panels to the top of the machine. Tilt the top back to expose the tub cover. Disengage all the tabs on the side of the tub cover by pulling them out of their respective slots with your fingers; be careful not to break the tabs. Lift the tub cover off and lay it on one side.

  • Loosen the grub-screw on the side of the agitator base with the Phillips screwdriver, and lift the agitator out of the machine.

  • Place a spin drum spanner wrench, part number TB123A, over the large spin drum nut. Turn the handle until the four lugs on the wrench fit into the matching slots on the face of the spin drum nut. Turn the nut clockwise to remove it from the left-hand thread by holding the wrench down and delivering two or three heavy hammer blows to the wrench handle. Spin the loosened spin drum nut clockwise off the spin drum hub.

  • Remove the tub cone from the spin drum hub and lift the spin drum out of the machine.

  • Insert a Torx T20 screwdriver into the set-screw on the side of the large transmission stem retaining nut. Undo the set-screw and remove it. Place the TB123A wrench over the stem retaining nut and loosen the nut by turning the wrench clockwise off the left-hand thread with a hammer as described in Step 8. Spin the retaining nut off the threads in a clockwise direction and place it on one side.

  • Place a 1/2-inch ring-wrench over the head of one of the drum support bolts in the bottom-inside edge of the drum. Jam the side of the wrench against the bottom of the drum to prevent the bolt from turning, and remove the nut holding the drum to the outer drum support bracket with a 1/2-inch socket wrench. Remove the washers, withdraw the bolt from the inside, and remove the remaining two drum support bolts the same way.

  • Lift the tub up and lower the outer edge onto the transmission stem to support it temporarily. Undo the hose clamp holding the water level switch hose to the bottom of the tub with the screwdriver, and pull the hose off. Remove the tub and lay it on one side.

  • Pull the tub bearing metal sleeve upward and remove it from the transmission shaft. Grasp the transmission assembly with both hands, wiggle it from side to side, and pull in straight out.

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