My sister has an older Maytag top loading clothes washer with the older metal transmission. I was at her house yesterday and I noticed that it was making a loud tapping noise during it's spin cycles. I took the front cover off the machine and noticed that two of the damper pads had come out and were laying on the bottom of the machine. She still had some clothes in the washer and I was surprised at how much the tub moved back and forth during the spin cycle. I have several questions:
It's hard to tell where a noise is coming from, but would the lack of damper pads combined with a lot of movement of the outer tub during the spin cycle make a knocking noise at the damper assembly?
My understanding is that I need to lift the top cover on the machine, disconnect the suspension springs from the machine and set the bottom pulley on a block of wood to raise the machine innards sufficiently to access the damper pads. But, those instructions tell me I need to put the "tub block" in to hold the wash tub centered. I don't have a tub block. Can I do this work without using a tub block?
Can I scrape off the remaining old damper pad with a paint scraper and remove any residual glue with paint thinner (or mineral spirits)?
My Maytag service manual says that I should use Maytag rubber adhesive (Maytag Part # 55978) to glue the new pads on. I'm hoping there's an alternative because I don't want to buy this adhesive only to use a small amount and have the rest go to waste. What do service techs use to glue the new damper pads on?
Finally, considering that her tub was moving quite a bit, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to replace the three suspension springs too. Would this reduce the amount of movement in the tub during the spin cycle?
Thanks for any help.