Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repairMore than 2 hours
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
After Goggling for Maytag dryer parts, I choose PartSelect.com for my purchase. Rather than ordering online as I usually do, I talked with a knowledgeable and friendly person via telephone. He answered my questions and the parts were ordered, with delivery in a few days.
This repair was my first with any type of dryer and I was quite apprehensive and challenged. The disassembly went smoothly due primarily to my experience with mechanical devices and the expert YouTube video for this project.
My goal was to replace the roller or rollers as the dryer had been squealing, which was annoying and potentially unsafe. The roller on the left was fine, although the roller on the right was thoroughly seized. I felt lucky to have a large Channellock to pull it off the shank. I sandpapered the shaft with 200 grit, cleaned it, and slid the new roller from PartSelect.com onto the clean shaft.
The first hitch was the lack of a very small snap-ring tool. The local hardware had a cheap model, which was too large for the size of the Maytag snap-ring. I live in Bath County, VA which is one of the larger counties with around 4000 souls. The next hardware is a 1 ½ hour drive. I decided to make this one work by filing the points to the size I required. This took an hour, however it worked. A second trip the hardware for a new snap-ring was next, having broken the old one.
The second and most frustrating part of project was rethreading the belt. Unfortunately, I had not noticed its position on the motor, pulley, or drum. My first try was logical but wrong, as it was too loose around the drum. For an hour or more, I tried and tried to thread the belt around the motor shaft, the tightener pulley and the drum. Frustration enveloped every part of my body and mind. Finally, (isn’t it true that the last try is the correct one?), I took a stab at crossing the belt to make it shorter to fit the drum. It worked. Relieved and ecstatic, I fastened the drum bracket to the dryer body with metal screws and replaced the front of the dryer. There are only two push/pull connection wires to attach the front to the body.
Disassembly and reassembly is straight-forward due to the superb engineering of Maytag engineers and excellent service provided by PartSelect.com.