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Post# 397586   8/31/2018 at 20:16 (671 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Been a rough week. Recently had the car oil changed. I started seeing "spots". Checked. had to put a quart in. Took it to my "guy".... they didn't tighten filter/pan!
BUT, the other day, I did a load of laundry. Fine. another one.... motor sounded odd, didn't totally empty,...
I called "Ed". THANKFULLY, it was the pump...26 yrs old! He told me, after seeing the model.. "This is a REAL Maytag". So, after $169.50, back in business. It's far better than buying a new Speedqueen.

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Post# 397590 , Reply# 1   8/31/2018 at 20:43 (671 days old) by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        
My "Real Maytag" washer is..

still chugging along well. I have had to replace the water inlet part a few times and last month, the tub to motor belt failed. Really easy to replace, just tip the machine back and you can see the for the tub, one to power the water pump.

A parts place is very close by and the belts are sold in pairs, makes sense. Easy fix. The washer was purchase prior to 1988. The Maytag dryer finally croaked. I had replace the drum seal but this time the motor died. I am using a newer unit which is "infested" with circuit boards (lots of bells & whistles) and I am uneasy because they are expensive to fix. I have a newer Maytag Centennial given to me that I thoroughly checked out electrically that I now store as a back up.


Post# 397591 , Reply# 2   8/31/2018 at 20:54 (671 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I've had a few repairs done to my set. Last year,

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I replaced the gas jet on the dryer. They really still look AND work like they just came out of the box. It's well worth repairing them.
On the way home from the garage (w/ the car), I thought, OK... NOW let's hope the washer can be saved. A little frustrating few days, but all worked out. Thank God !

Post# 397625 , Reply# 3   9/1/2018 at 12:13 (671 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Hey John

Frustrating stuff, but I'm glad all is well with the car and the Maytag now!
I'm with you. Keep the older machines going as long as possible!
If we eventually HAVE to replace our washer/dryer, I'd actually like to go older than the ones we currently have.

I need to find an "Ed" in my area.
My mom has a repair guy who might actually be willing to replace parts on older machines.
When the time comes that one of ours needs repair, I may check with him.


Post# 397643 , Reply# 4   9/1/2018 at 19:38 (670 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I tend to be the "Ed" for folks around here...

Sadly SpeedQueens quality took a serious nosedive recently. It's sad, they were the last brand making real Washing machines.

Post# 397681 , Reply# 5   9/3/2018 at 11:13 (669 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
That's amazing, Andy

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Where did you train to fix all of the various models?
Will you be graduating from High School this year? Then, perhaps you can open your own place. You can "hang your shingle".

Post# 397694 , Reply# 6   9/3/2018 at 15:02 (668 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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My grandfather was a full time Handyman after he retired...I think in 93? But he spent years learning repairs on all sorts of things.
Graduation is in May...from there we will see what happens...

Post# 397716 , Reply# 7   9/3/2018 at 19:44 (668 days old) by Josh1998 (Colorado )        

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I don't know about others but I really don't like the frontload washers. Front loaders were the only kind of washer I had ever used but when we got our house the washer and dryer came with it. They aren't like vintage or anything but they are older and the washer is a top loader. Both washer and dryer are kenmore. Not super deluxe but not totally basic either. I can't believe how much better I like a top loading washer.

Post# 398136 , Reply# 8   9/12/2018 at 16:14 (659 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I also have older Maytag washer and dryer

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They are from early 90's. Just had to replace the belt on the dryer. I plan on keeping these machines as long as possible. They are so much better than the crap that is out there today.

Post# 419340 , Reply# 9   1/31/2020 at 03:01 by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        
Maytag Washer Timer..

New issue, the timer tanked. Using Youtube and Google, found all the resources to expose the timer for inspection. Funny, the only thing I could look for was loose wires. None found, I drew a diagram and removed it. Turns out, the motor was bad. I did however clean the interior contacts of the rest of the timer with electrical contact cleaner.
Searched Ebay and found one because these are no long available at parts places in town.
From there it was plug and play. Works like new. Found out more about this model, it was manufactured in May of 1987. It is a no frills model that I hope to keep going for many more years.

Post# 419374 , Reply# 10   1/31/2020 at 23:17 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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