Maytag A712-wont spin or agitate
by Rod Ralph
It was given to me by a friend, as working. I connected it and ran it through a cycle. Everything worked (I did think that the agitate cycle was short)--but it spun at both speeds very well. I noticed a leak on the floor, and stopped the machine and found a loose connection, tightened it and started it again. This time with only a little water in it. It would not agitate or spin, but it did drain the water. Near the end of the spin cycle, I could smell rubber burning and it came from the belt. I inspected the belts and they looked ok (no frays, but somewhat loose. AnswerReplacement parts in MAYTAG A712 Washer - Top Loading
With no water in the machine, I tried to find the agitate and spin cycles on the timer--the only cycle that seems to work now is the drain cycle, and the burning persists after a few minuted on drain.
First off this is a great machine (I wish they still made them) I hope you can get it going at a reasonable price.
Before you check anything let everything dry out because the water that leaked on the floor could have gotten on the belts causing them to slip rather than turn the pulleys. If the washer works after it dries you can assume that is what happened.
There are a few things that will typically cause this.
One is that the belt is too tight; there should be a lot of loose play on both of the belts on this machine. I don’t think this is the problem with yours because typically this cause this motor to stick and not start and on yours the motor is running because it will pump out.
There are rollers on the motor that allow the motor to move back and forth so that centripetally force will cause the motor to move to the right to tighten the belts once the motor starts. If the rollers are broken or worn the motor will not move back so the belts never tighten themselves. It is possible that it his moving back enough to allow the pump to turn.
It could simply be a worn belt but typically one of the two things I mention above will cause the belt ware out.
It could be the transmission but this is unlikely being that it doesn’t work on spin or wash.