I have a top-loading Maytag washing machine that is making a brief "rubber on plastic" whining noise during the agitation phase of a laundry load and when the wash cycle completes. Just in case it would be useful, the model is a Maytag Performa PAV3360AWW.
When I run the washing machine with no laundry (just water in the drum):
- No sound at all, everything sounds good during all cycles: agitation, rinse, spin
- No "screeching" brake sound at the end of the spin cycle
- During the agitation phase, the washer drum seems to be moving counter-clockwise by about a half-inch or less (but visibly moving!) when the sound is being made. Sometimes it goes for seconds without making the sound, and the drum seems to stay in place the entire time. However, when the sound does occur, the drum is moving counterclockwise by a small amount. My guess is that the drum is slipping when it should be in place???
- At the end of the final spin cycle, it sounds like "screeching" car brakes when the drum finally comes to a stop
Any suggestions for troubleshooting and diagnosing the issue? Is there a specific part I should look at?