MAYTAG model # MVWX500XLO ; High Efficiency top load washer; s/n C03430508 .
Slightly less than 4 years old just had an awful oil smell on the most recent
run. I looked under and there is oil leaking onto the sound deadening pad under
the washer. It is difficult to tell where it came from due to the showd and belt
drive cover slinging the oil onto that entire area. It looks and smells like a
transmission oil. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? I let it finish the
run since the smell started during the high speed spin and it was almost done
but did not run it any more after that. Is it worth fixing? It is out of all
warranties except the drum and Motor are warranted for 10 years.
Oh well. There's only one source for the lubricant that you see, the
transmission. A new one is more than $200. There are plenty of YouTube
videos that can guide you on replacing a transmission. It's a major job so
figure on 3 hrs. You may need a special spanner wrench from the rental
place. This is doable for many people
I doubt you'll find transmission parts on-line but you may be able to
dismantle the transmission, find the bad seal and replace it. Depends on how
handy you are.
Thanks Dave. You were right of course. It was the bottom seal of the trans. The
gearcase, as Maytag calls it, looks like it was assembled and then welded
together. No visible way to dismantle or get the seal out except maybe a
sawzall. I managed to find the new unit, plus a belt and sound deadening pad
for a little over $200. Took me 5 hours due to cleaning every nook and cranny
with a tooth brush while apart. I did need a gear puller to get the driven hub
and the drive block off the trans shaft due to galvanic corrosion. They also
seemed welded together. Fairly big job indeed. Still at a $500 savings compared
to a similar new washer at the best sale price, I figure I made more than ever
previously; @ $100/hour for this repair :) I am just hoping for at least
another 3.5 years now. Replacement transmission had been changed to an improved
design so I can only hope. Different p/n and it did look slightly different
I am still just a little disappointed in "Maytag Commercial Technology" getting
me only 3.5 years on the original but I am not sure anyone else is any better.
It has done about 25 loads since the overhaul and all is as it was when new,
maybe even a little better.
I would check on that warantee Kugie. If that is the old orbital style
transmission, it used to be guaranteed for much longer. If I recall
correctly, it was at least a 10 year warranty on the transmission.
If you need a new transmission, I would contact Dasa Manufacturing in
Ontario. They rebuild washing transmissions. If you don't live in
Canada, Dasa would probably know who does the same kind of rebuilds in
'DASA Manufacturing Ltd.' (http://dasa.ca /)
I've used their rebuilt transmissions before and they seem to be as good
as the OEM part, or at least that's been my experience. They're also
considerably less expensive than the OEM parts.
Also, you should be aware that if this is a Maytag orbital transmission,
there are two different kinds; the "short" transmission and the "long"
transmission. The difference is in the length of one of the shafts on
each side of the orbital transmission housing. Make sure you order the
kind you need. Best to take a picture of the existing transmission and
take it down to any Maytag repair depot and they should be able to
identify what kind it is for you.
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