About a year ago I had posted that my clothes are being
consistently torn by out Maytag washer MAV7504EWW 2 1/2 years old now.
Since the time that I had posted I had replaced the agitator as there
were no physical defects in the tub itself. The agitator end sits
about 1/2" in the air from the base of the tub which to me seems
excessive. I still believe that this is causing my clothes to somehow
get jammed in between the tub and agitator causing the tears to occur.
I also found out that there is a little play in the drive shaft which
is causing the agitator gap to increase even more. I have verified
that the agitator bolt is secure to the drive shaft to that's not the
I also have tried a more delicate speed setting as well as loading
fewer clothes but still have the same problem. Does anyone have any
suggestions on what else to try? To me this seems like a design flaw
on this model.
Is there a bushing of some sort that the tub sits on? Could it be worn and
sitting lower than normal, creating the gap under the agitator? Perhaps
there is a seal of some sort missing between the bottom of the agitator and
bottom of the tub.
Our very old Maytag has slots at the bottom end of the wings of the
agitator, so once in a while a strap or delicate item is hooked. Don't
have stuff getting torn, though. There are mesh bags that you can put
delicate items into for washing.
Have you had Maytag service/repair look at it? What kinds of items are
damaged, and how are they damaged .. normal/heavy fabric torn, or just
ties and straps?
If it was a design flaw, tens of thousands of people would have the same
Have you asked the service department at your dealer? If you have a real
dealer, not a big box store, he may well tell you what the problem is over
the phone. You can go tot he store and look at a display model to see if
the gap is correct or if you installed your agitator incorrectly.
After all of this time, it may be best to get professional help.
Wrong agitator????? Something preventing agitator from seating down on
the agitator shaft correctly?
Somebody installed or repaired washer using or incorrectly installing
BTW Maytag should have plenty of time, according to their advertising!
To fix it.
: Hello everyone,
: About a year ago I had posted that my clothes are being
: consistently torn by out Maytag washer MAV7504EWW 2 1/2 years old now.
: Since the time that I had posted I had replaced the agitator as there
: were no physical defects in the tub itself. The agitator end sits
: about 1/2" in the air from the base of the tub which to me seems
: excessive. I still believe that this is causing my clothes to somehow
: get jammed in between the tub and agitator causing the tears to occur.
: I also found out that there is a little play in the drive shaft which
: is causing the agitator gap to increase even more. I have verified
: that the agitator bolt is secure to the drive shaft to that's not the
: I also have tried a more delicate speed setting as well as loading
: fewer clothes but still have the same problem. Does anyone have any
: suggestions on what else to try? To me this seems like a design flaw
: on this model.
Seems that many others have the same problem. Take a look at these - I
Googled Maytag tears clothes
Thanks Larry for the information. Hopefully there will be a class
action lawsuit on this line as there was on the Netptune line. I'm
almost inclined to sue myself.
The washing machine creates tears in the fabric as well as ripping
belt straps off of blue jeans. I had a Maytag repairman out twice on
this issue and all he suggested was using less of a load or a more
I can also tell you that our previous Maytag washing machine lasted 27
years without so much as ripping one piece of clothing! I wish now
that I didn't throw the old one out...I would have paid $1000 to
repair the old one if I knew then what I know now.
These recall expenses and other related issues creating a loss of
profitability was what caused the Maytag Corp to lose its independance
and be taken over by Whirlpool.
It was a sad end to a once fine company.
When bean counters get involved in any company, it surely means
quality goes down the drain...Maytag did it to themselves by producing
pieces of junk.
Like I expected Maytag would not budge, they wouldn't even send a
repairman to look at it free of charge as a good faith with all of the
few times that I have called.
Only thing to do now is either get a new washing machine, or sue them.
replying to nick, Batman wrote:
We have experienced the same problem. This is very clearly an engineering defect
that Maytag should make right for its customers. Once considered a manufacturer
of high quality products maytag has unfortunately started building junk. Based
on our research there are a lot of complaints about this machine but no effort
by maytag to make it right with their customers. We are very disappointed and
interested in identifying other consumers with same problems with maytag so we
can take some action.
replying to Batman, Mechanic wrote:
Just as a note: Whirlpool took over Maytag on April 1, 2006. My washer was
produced later in 2006 and it destroys clothes. Don't blame the problems on the
Maytag people who built quality machines for years in the US. I gave up one of
these quality machines (still working fine, just needed a new tub) for the new
Whirlpool models. This was a big mistake. Does anyone know of a manufacturer
of a top loader with an agitator that really works?
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