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Seized agitator shaft on Maytag? Don't give up!


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Default Seized agitator shaft on Maytag? Don't give up!

A word of encouragement for anybody who has come across an antique Maytag Model 30/31 or 32/33 with a seized agitator shaft. Don't dismiss the machine as inoperable or not worthy of a restoration attempt, because I have been successful with two different units that were badly seized.

In both cases, I assume that the tub was overfilled with water, which then leaked down the agitator post. Maytag engineered a little "dome" or water-shed device that was located at the bottom of the shaft, just above the pinion gear. But I suppose with repeated overfilling of the tub, even that little gizmo could only do so much. In the photo, the drain hole is visible to allow a small amount of water to drain, avoiding ingress into the gear box.

My latest restoration project is a 1940 Model 32, and after repeated soaking with penetrating oil and applying heat with a propane torch, the shaft finally budged by using a large crescent wrench on the bronze agitator drive block. There was rust in the small space between the edge of the gear and the housing. In fact, the teeth on the gear are rusted, but not too seriously - thankfully!
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Default Re: Seized agitator shaft on Maytag? Don't give up!

It is so helpful to see what it took to free up the seized agitator post shaft on your Maytag Model 32.
When you poured penetrating oil down the shaft, did some of the oil drain out of the drive block end?
How long did it soak before the shaft began to loosen up?

I hope that sharing knowledge and experience allows more Maytag Model A, B, 30, 31, 32 and 33 to be saved from destruction in the junkyard or humiliation of becoming yard art, planting containers, or beer coolers.
All of the above Maytag Models use the same power unit and agitator post assembly and therefore are amenable to the same procedure, correct?
Mark.
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Default Re: Seized agitator shaft on Maytag? Don't give up!

I used penetrating oil and WD40 on both ends alternately, with the tub suspended over a large bucket to catch the dripping. Nothing really budged until I put the heat torch to the agitator post as well as the gear on the bottom of the shaft (underside of the tub.)

The final "treatment" was with a rust-dissolving product, "Releasall" which worked very well to loosen rust and crud, followed by a final lubrication with 3-in-1 oil.
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An update to this post - my restoration project now completed. The album on Flickr has been updated with recent photos, but here's a preview...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/446236...57677314761124
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