I decided to give my 40 year old Kenmore the heave-ho and was looking for a servicable washer cheap. On Craigslist I found this Maytag for $65 "Works but it may need a belt".
I'll digress here for a moment and say it is a model LAT8826AAE
with a UD date code (Feb. 1989)
In talking to the owner (who ended up selling it to me for $50), apparently they had it at another house; they moved and since then it did not work right. One belt came off repeatedly, so they just bought a new washer and sold this one cheap.
Looking at the underside it became obvious what happened. It was moved with an appliance dolly from the front and in doing so they broke the pump pulley.
I knew, worst case, I'd have to replace the pump...but maybe I could fix it.
So, some J-B Weld and a little piece of Garolite to make a firm side, this is what I came up with. It was a gamble and if it didn't work, Repair Clinic is 15 minutes from where I work and they have them for $67. So this is my completed, "alternative repaired" pump:
It works! The machine is now washing its third load of clothes with this pump...
Now my problem: The agitator has a corkscrew piece, same as my Kenmore machines. Something is wrong - it is free to turn (or not turn) and as such it does nothing useful. On the Kenmore machines this would be caused by worn or broken pieces inside the agitator but the Maytag agitator is different. On the top it just has a deep cup, the cup can be taken off and there's just another equally empty cup under it...but it looks like something is missing.
How do you fix this? This is my only problem with the machine.