Question about Maytag Neptune MAH6500A Front Load Washer
I had decided to just wait for my Neptune to cease to operate and replace it, but learned that I can maybe repair it. I am seeking an opinion if it is worth trying to replace the bearings. I have spoken with a couple of local appliance repair guys that simply won't touch the job saying it is likely to leak in end and not worth the time or risk.
The only Maytag recommendation is to replace the entire outer drum assembly which is about the cost of the washer ($800). I have found this bearing replacement kit on line and a "Tony Tool" rental that suggests it is about a 2 hour job. Anyone had success with this? I am a former automotive mechanic and have done repairs bumper to bumper on cars and trucks, it just doesn't seem that big of a deal, but didn't want to waist my time. Please advise.
I rented the tool and it worked fine. The replacement steel washer had an extra rubber insert that took me a few assemble/test/disassemble cycles to find. That cost me time and the $90 late surcharge on the rental. All told though, it went as described online and in the dvd that came with the rental. Just see that the replacement parts fully match what you are replacing.
My question is whether someone else has done this and had the new bearings last more than a couple months. Two and a half months in, the washer is winding up as when the first bearings went bad. This is not a good sign, and I question the quality of the bearings.
Posted on Feb 11, 2011
Something must have went wrong for the bearings to only last 2.5 months... Typically, an issue with the tub seal installation is what causes premature bearing failure.
After you replace your Neptune bearings and torque the pulley bolt to 33 ft-lbs make sure the inner basket rotates freely. If not, there is an issue that needs corrected.
Some early seal failure causes are:
See NEPTUNE BEARING KIT REPLACEMENT TONY TOOL RENTAL for more helpful information.
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