No special tools are needed to replace the thrust bearing. You'll use a flat-blade screwdriver to pop the c-clip off the bottom shaft. The old parts will slide down the shaft and fall out. The kit has all the parts needed to replace what comes off of the lower shaft. The new bearing is encapsulated and does not look like the old style array of washers, so follow the simple instructions in the kit.
To do this repair the easy way, pull the washer out about 2 feet from the wall, then lean it back. You will be doing this repair from the comfort of your floor by lying in front of the machine. The belt slips off and the pulley comes off when you remove the C-clip under the white cap. The rest is easy!
You don't have to attend Maytag college to know how the machine is constructed. For future reference, if you work on a Maytag machine with 6 springs, do not lay it down. The springs will get stretched on one side, causing the machine to not stay balanced well. This in turn causes the little snubber ring underneath to develop quick erosion and failure soon after. It's a downhill race to damage. If there's anything you need to know about Maytag, feel free to ask. A wise person once said, "It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt