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Thanks for your response. It sounds like it's a roll of the dice whether this will or will not fix the issue, whereas a complete transmission swap would fix it?Is everything I need for installing a new transmission for this machine found here?
Sometimes things need a little , um, attitude adjustment...perhaps you are just not holding your jaw at the right angle. I use a wheel puller myself. Do you have the new kit in front of you or are you bound and determined to take it apart beforehand?
Leverage is always nice, but sometimes you have to really put the Habeas Grabbus on things to break them loose. It's also smart to wait till all the new parts are in front of you so in case you break the old ones getting them off, it won't make you as unhappy. In the meantime, satisfy your tinkering urges with a glance at the Amana washer manual in the head of the Maytag forum. You will eventually have to place a block of wood under that old bell and pound like heck upwards with a mallet to release the old drive bell...they are really pressed on the saft to begin with. Plan on pounding the new one on as well, since it must be all the way down on the agit shaft for the bolt to go on.