We bought the washer in 2000 and last week it began making a loud metal grinding noise that was evident primarily during spin but also does it during agitation, it's just not as obnoxious then since it's not being spun so fast. After reading other posts I figured out how to get to and remove the pump but it turns freely by hand with no noise and no visible obstructions. Turning the center pulley counter-clockwise (while looking up to the bottom of the washer) allows me to turn the transmission housing. Turning the center pulley the other direction it simply turns freely while the transmission housing refuses to turn. At this point I decided that I needed to remove the inner tub to continue troubleshooting. However, after removing the agitator and the 4 mounting screws I can not get the inner tub to come out. I've tried the stomping the side technique (hard), standing in the tub and stomping, banging on the tub and all other methods of trying to loosen it up but with no luck.
So, supposing I will need to remove the inner tub in order to either complete my troubleshooting or get to the part that may need replaced (or both?) what suggestions are there for doing this? I've read that the inner tub may sometimes become molded to some part of the assembly that it goes around and that it simply may not come out at all. If that's the case, what would a Maytag repairman do? Replace the tubs and transmission and all? Would Maytag offer some type of help? Given my situation, does it seem likely that a repair can be completed for substantially less than the $400 or so that a new one would cost?