Maytag Neptune Washer with Bad Drum Bearings

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  • Jedi Appliance Guy PRO 9y

    Are you gonna take pictures of the surgery?
  • tr67256 9y

    I have this exact problem and would like to know where I could purchase the "drum bearing"? (Is that the same thing as the spinner bearing?) On's parts list they say you have to purchase the tub along with the bearing, I'd rather just replace the bearing and may be the spinner without having to purchase the whole tub. Is that possible? It's looks like the slideshow indicates that the repair was done with just a new bearing and seal set. Any help would be appreciated.
    p.s. Any tips on R/R would also be appreciated.
  • zzvyb6 8y

    I pulled out the spring clip in the back with a retaining ring pliers. Then drove out the back bearing with a hammer and a steel bar. 3 very heavy wallops and it dropped on the floor. Then drove out the front bearing after removing the front seal with a screwdriver and a pliers (just tear it out). Front bearing took 7 very heavy wallops. As hard as I could punch it. (Great stress relief). Orderd new bearings from 6206-2RS and 6207-zz $26.00 with shipping.

    New seal from

    Ready to install bearing and new seal when they come. Did not remove outer tub. Remove inner tub by removing front of washer and drum front, drive pulley, then blasting the shaft at the back to pop out the inner drum. Its a 10 minute job once you have a Red Bull and get the tools in front of you.
  • randerson0248 8y

    Hi zzvyb6,

    What is the part number for the seal? I can't read a number on the old seal. By the way, thanks for the part numbers on the bearings. I just ordered. This is going to be a huge savings over buying a new tub.
  • toocheap 7y

    I just finished the same job - replaced both bearings, the seal, and the moldy old front rubber boot as well. The seal installation directions give a good set of illustrations on how to dismantle the washer. I had to remove the outer drum to get the front bearing out, as it was pretty well stuck, but it wasn't much more work to do - there's really not much to these machines once you get inside them. I ordered the seal through - very good service, part was shipped on a Sunday of a holiday weekend. They call it a lip seal, I don't remember the number. I also ordered the bearings through vxb, with good results (another thanks to zzvyb6 for the bearing numbers, I couldn't read mine after I finally got them out). I pressed in the new bearings by using the old bearings to push them into place along with some steel plate and a thick bolt and nut. I don't recommend pounding in the new bearings, I didn't trust the plastic barrel to hold up, especially after the beating I gave it to get the old bearings out. Without interruption, and with parts in hand, this could be done in a few hours, but I took a couple of days and did a thorough cleaning of all the gunk that had accumulated over 8 years of multiple loads per day. It's back running strong - hope the motor bearings hold up better than the tub bearings did! Thanks for the inspiration, spending a few hours and less than $100 is far preferable than shelling out 10 times more for the new piece.
  • bleachrain 7y

    Not sure if anyone comments here anymore, but I have the same bearing dilemma. I have all the new parts and everything apart, but that damn front bearing will not go. I have pounded like a madman and it doesn't even look like it has budged a millimeter. This is the last thing I have to do before attempting the insertion of the new bearings, which I'm a little nervous about screwing up as is. But I can't even start until this stupid front bearing goes. Does anyone have any suggestions on what they used to get their front bearing out? Mine looks fairly rusty but not so much that it shouldn't come out. Am I missing something? or do I have to pull the whole tub out and hit it harder? how much can the tub take before shattering into a million pieces?
    I'd appreciate anyones insight on this thing. Thanks!
  • eddienyr 5y

    So are those the correct bearing part numbers? That -zz bearing is $175 please let me know asap
  • beverlyhuang2003 5y

    I went through all the steps to repair the bearing but stuck at removing spinner support. After the spacer sleeve removed, I use a hammer try to hammer out the spinner support but no luck. Is there any thing or trick I am missing?
  • kevlarwiz 5y

    I have found the two bearings at a better price. Part numbers 6206-2RS and 6207-2RS on they are on the east coast so it wont take forever to get to you.
  • surenuf1 4y

    I'm just getting ready to do the same repair on my Neptune. Will I need a new spinner support in addition to the two bearings? Do one of the bearings go into the spinner support? Obviously I'm a little confused on this. I'm sure when I get it apart it'll be clear but I want to try to have all the parts I'll need when I break it down. Thanks to all for the bearing info, I'm ordering the 6206-2RS and the 6207-2RS from So I guess I have two main questions - do I need a new spinner support and is there a video anywhere to help with this job? Help!
  • Kelly-Moxee 3y

    I was able to punch the front bearing out with a light weight hammer and a ft long 1/2 inch titanium extender shaft for a ratchet. The rear bearing is gonna require Penetrating Solvent and perhaps a blowtorch to get it loose. As of this moment I still need a wire cup hand drill adapter to clean out the bearing seats. I don't have a decent hand held punch. I too may need to remove the outer tub to get a decent angle to hammer out that stubborn rear bearing.
  • mcdonald-deforest 3y

    here is a video of tear down of one of these washers, you will be able to see the drive and motor, also how to reove the sheet metal covers
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