Bad Seal Allowed Water to Damage Bearings, makes loud noise in spin

ApplianceMaytag Washer

ModelMAH5500BWW

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools

William From New Smyrna Beach, FL

May 26, 2011

5 out of 8 people found this instruction helpful

I followed the extensive instructions others had posted on this site about the need to replace the "non-replaceable" bearings. The hard part is getting the old bearings out of the outer tub as they were very corroded. I left the outer tub in the machine and after attempting to beat them out unsuccessfully, I resorted to using a Dremel tool with a small grinding disc on the end to cut the bearings apart, first cutting through the center and removing the ball bearings, then cutting through the outer rim and edge being careful not to cut to deeply, once the bearings were weakened, they came out pretty easily. Installing the new bearings and putting the machine back together was pretty easy. The machine works like new, so for me it was well worth it, thanks to everyone who shared their experiences so I felt comfortable giving it a try!!

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Lip Seal Kit

Part Number: PS2003500

$65.10
In Stock