Maytag A512 washing machine drum removal

Before I tear something up, how do I remove the drum from my Maytag washing machine? The problem is that the belt slips like crazy on the spin cycle and the drum is very hard to turn. I suspect there may be something caught between the inner and outer drums but I don't see how to remove the drum. I got the agitator off and it looks like a special tool is required to remove the drum.
Thanks,
Dale.
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Dale wrote:

Hi,
The belt should slip during the spin mode. Clothing often gets caught just under the tub/tank cover....if the inner wash basket must be removed, this will get you there....and yes there is a special spanner wrench tool.
http://www.applianceaid.com/tub_seal_replacement.html
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Thanks Jeff, this looks like it'll help me figure out how to get in there.
There is so much resistance on the spin cycle that is spins at about 1 revolution every two or three seconds. I tilted the unit up and I could easily rotate the big pully on the bottom in the agitate direction, but met with considerable resistance in the spin direction.
I assume by removing the inner drum the problem will present itself. I don't see how any garments could get between the two drums, but I suppose that's something to check.
Any thoughts on what else might have happened? The unit is only 20 years old so I'm not ready to give up on her just yet.
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Dale wrote:

Hi,
For sure! Something small or light can float on the top of the water and accidentally get thrown up and over the edge of the wash basket when the washer goes into spin/drain.

Seizing tub bearing.

Should be harder to turn in the spin direction, but not overly struggling to turn. jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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After no success with the spanner wrench, I chipped off the inner tub nut (it's soft metal). I got the inner tub out and all was clear. Then I banged away with my hammer and spanner wrentch and couldn't get next nut loose (and I did remove the allen screw). So I jumped in the truck, went to Lowes, and bought a new machine. I'll screw with the old one when the weather's a little cooler. Thanks for the help...
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