Today I finished replacing the boot seal, and tub bearing in my Maytag washer. Here is a link to that thread:http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=4933.0
Once I had it back together, I let it spin with no water for three minutes per the directions on the paper that came with the stem / boot seal repair kit and tub bearing. Then I put the washer back where it usually goes, hooked up the water and did a modest load of laundry.
I listened to it during the first wash cycle and first spin cycle. It ran quiet and didn't leak any water. I left the house to return the spanner wrench to the appliance parts store. When I came back, the clothes had finished the rinse cycle and spin dry, but the basement had a distinctive smell again. Kind of like rubber, but not necessarily rubber. My wife said she never heard any noise.
I never did replace the belts, but they looked fine and weren't glazed....
Should I be able to turn the inner drum by hand when the machine is off? It doesn't turn by hand at this point. I can turn the agitator though.