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The six springs hold the tub down snug to the snubber / base! they have to come off in order

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Old 02-13-2009, 02:47 PM
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The six springs hold the tub down snug to the snubber / base! they have to come off in order to get the tub out so you can work on it.....The 200 lb tension compression spring on the brake is a whole different ball game. Once you get the tub / transmission out and upside down you will see (I think EIGHT) 5/16" hex head screws holding a plate / brake assembly / spring in place.(this plate also holds the snubber in place) I didn't screw with my brake but it seems you DO have to remove the pully to get the plate off so you can replace the brake. The screws MAY be long enough to release presure on the spring if you brack them out leaving a few threads in the base. If there still seems to be tension I would suggest replacing three or four of the screws with longer ones. Seems like they are 8/32 then continue backing them off until there's nothing pressing out on the plate suggesting there is still presure on it.

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When you loosen all the screws on the brake housing, you will release the tension on the internal spring. On the performa, the screws should be long enough to do it.
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When you loosen all the screws on the brake housing, you will release the tension on the internal spring. On the performa, the screws should be long enough to do it.
So when I replace my Brake rotor, lining, and brake stator I will only need to loosen all the screws on the brake housing? I do have a Performa, PAV3300AWW to be exact.
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While I didn't piddle with my brake I would imagine the pully, all the screws, AND the plate / spring have to be removed. The lineing has to be above the spring.
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This should be fun. I'm going to try this without the brake tool. Wish me luck.
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As long as you no NOT remove the pulley, you will be ok. The pulley will stop the housing from springing out all the way. In case the screws are too short, the only real problem will be it'l be harder to get it back together.
If you are concerned, I would just buy and use the longer screws.
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Thought there were replies to your question but don't see them today. No the springs that hold down force between the tub and snubber are / is not the same as the spring that creates brake force.
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This weekend I replaced the snubber and the brakes. I must say this was all much easier then I was anticipating. The entire job took about an hour. First off, the brake and spring removal tool would have been a complete waste of money. With two of doing this, one person simply pressed down so the screws would reach. The only tricky part was putting the little clip back on towards the end. But even that wasn't that hard. Simply take a flat head screwdriver and pull it up just enough to slide the clip on.

What would have probably been a $200+ fix if we called the Maytag man ended cost about $25 in parts including shipping ordered from this site. Thanks guys!
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"one person simply pressed down so the screws would reach. The only tricky part was putting the little clip back".

Great all went well for you. Don't understand what you pressed down on so the screws would reach means and surprised the six springs didn't give you some trouble but I agree a tool would be a total wast of money. I take it you did remove the pulley which I've now read isn't necessary for replacing just the snubber.
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Good work guys and thanks for the feedback.
In retrospect, using the longer 8-32 screws would have made the job easier.
Also, I understand that putting a weight on top of the agitator will make it easier to get the last washer and clip back on the pulley.
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