Learn how your appliance is supposed to operate so you can determine if it is malfunctioning.
The most frequent failure mode for a Maytag timer is failure to advance to the next cycle. There is a complicated escapement linkage between the timer motor and the timer cam that likes to mess up. I haven't mastered the art of fixing these timers and just replace them.
The timer is located behind the cycle control knob and contains the programs or function sequences for all the major wash cycles. The program is contained inside the timer in a cam with switch followers riding on it. The switch leafs are brought out to the outside of the timer by terminal lugs. As the timer motor turns the cam, the switches open and close to stop and start the agitate, drain, spin and fill functions. Wires with spade lugs connect to the timer terminal lugs and lead to the active washer components. The following is a picture of a typical Maytag washer timer.
Use your washer model number or the part number printed on the original to order a new timer.
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