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What is broken with my Maytag washer? Rapid banging noised when spinning.

by HENRY TABER Last activity date:
November 8th, 2011

Maytag washer Model HAV4657AWW, serial number 10972750CN. Bought in 2003. Washer worked until this past week. Now sounds like the washer in the YouTube video at URL:

The noise does not stop like in the video but is a constant racket like in the beginning of the video.

Given the parts list at the site for this model, what is the most likely cause for this noise. We do several loads of wash a day and can't afford to be out of commission too long.

Maytag , Washers
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Fred M
The noise usually starts out small and gets louder and louder until your sure a freight train is running through the house. The bearing is a serious problem but before we make a final decision I'd suggest removing the basket and checking under it. At least make sure the 4 bolts hold the agitator are tight.

Something else to consider is there is a brake that might be the source of the noise. The brake is located beneath the transmision.

Before trying anything you might remove the front panel, see image below, and try a spin cycyle and see if the source of the noise is easier to determine.

Let me know how this goes and we'll try to pin down the problem with a little more certainty.
by Fred M
November 8th, 2011
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1. the noise sounds just like the beginning of the video but does not let up. It may not be the same washer, but it is the same noise.
2. my wife hates underwire bras

Since you stated that the noise does not go away if it was a spin bearing, then it must be a spin bearing. Is having this noise suddenly appear common when a spin bearing goes out, or does the noise start small and build up over time. My wife never heard this noise before last week.

She tells me that there is no noise during the agitation cycle, and the drum does spin..
November 7th, 2011
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Fred M
You may not need any parts.

Understand that the washer is the video making the noise is completely different from the Maytag washer you have.

The noise in the video is likely causes by a bra wire under the basket. You might need to remove the agitator and basket to check for this.

The other potential cause of noise is the spin bearing but this noise usually doesn't go away.

The agitator is held on by a bolt and the basket is held by 4 bolts. The basket sometimes is difficult to remove even after the bolts are removed. Old soap and fabric softener can act like glue holding the basket. A putty knife might be needed.

You can reply with any additional details for further assistance.
by Fred M
November 7th, 2011
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Manage My Life
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November 6th, 2011
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