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07:24AM | 06/26/07
Member Since: 06/15/07
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I am installing a new lip seal kit for a Maytag Neptune (MAH5500BWW). The repair manual states that the bolt that attaches the pully to the spider shaft should be torqued to 30 inch pounds. However, the instruction sheet that came with the new seal kit is telling me 33 foot pounds. That is a 13x increase in torque, which doesn't feel right when I'm tightening a steel bolt to black plastic.

Does anyone know the definite answer?

I called Maytag, and they said they couldn't help me. They indicated that they do not have the information.


10:47AM | 06/26/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** the instruction sheet that came with the new seal kit is telling me 33 foot pounds. **

I believe the current seal supplied has been redesigned since originally used in production. In such a case I would likely go with the instructions supplied along with that seal kit.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



06:59PM | 10/28/19
I am thinking it's an error in the original production manual and that the torque should be 30 foot-pounds. At 33 inch-pounds it is the equivalent torque to about 3 foot-pounds, and last night I just applied about 10 foot-pounds of torque, and the screw came loose after 3 washing load cycles, and the large pulley wobbled and the belt fell off the large pulley wheel held in by the screw and had to be replaced. And this is when I applied by hand tightening about 10 foot-pounds as I just said. My guess is applying only 3 foot-pounds of torque will have the big pulley wheel loosen in the first load cycle. So I am going to get it tighten to 30 foot-pounds tonight so the big pulley doesn't loosen up with my new belt. If I have a further problem. I will get back to this link and add further comments, but if I was a betting man I would put my money on 30 foot-pounds torque. Also my pulley belt is 20 years old, and I would suggest everybody replace their belts with a bearing replacement. The new belt I have is a good two inches shorter oh, and the plastic rubber is not cracked.

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