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Whirlpool kenmore direct drive washers no spin or drain. Lid switch replacement instructions

Here are some step by step instructions, They seem daunting, but what do you have to loose by trying yourself?

Depending on your model there are a couple different varieties, but the most common one was a switch activated by a plunger on the side of the lid. See if you can see the plunger and look for the corresponding hole that it would go into on the top, and there is your lid switch. The purpose of the switch is to stop the tub from spinning when you open the lid during spin cycle. Broken switch equates to no spin or drain however even with the lid closed.
Here are some basic instructions:

Accessing this part requires you to first flip up the control panel by: Removing two phillips head screws in the front bottom corners of the control panel, or the rear lower corners of the control panel.
*NOTE for some Kenmore models it may be necessary to remove the endcap covers to expose the screws on the front of the console*
The most recent designs have spring clips under the left and right sides of the control panel that need to be depressed with a putty knife to release them. Pull the panel forward and lift to disengage the tabs at the bottom. Flip the panel upwards and it will swing back out of the way.

Next you will see one wire connector going into the top of the machine, this is actually your lid switch connector, disconnect it (all the rest of the wires will route behind the top of the machine, between the top and the rear panel).
Now using a flat blade screwdriver pry the front of the two brass colored clips towards the rear of the washer (put tip of screwdriver into front most part of clip and press handle of screwdriver towards rear of machine). The clips should pop off the top pretty easily.
Now you can open the lid and place a hand on the front of the opening and pull the cabinet forward. The entire front and side wrapper will come off the base platform and you can set it on the floor to gain access to the inside of the cabinet where the lid switch is mounted and the wires are routed.

Good luck to you!!

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Here are some step by step instructions, They seem daunting, but what do you have to loose by trying yourself?

Depending on your model there are a couple different varieties, but the most common one was a switch activated by a plunger on the side of the lid. See if you can see the plunger and look for the corresponding hole that it would go into on the top, and there is your lid switch. The purpose of the switch is to stop the tub from spinning when you open the lid during spin cycle. Broken switch equates to no spin or drain however even with the lid closed.
Here are some basic instructions:

Accessing this part requires you to first flip up the control panel by: Removing two phillips head screws in the front bottom corners of the control panel, or the rear lower corners of the control panel.
*NOTE for some Kenmore models it may be necessary to remove the endcap covers to expose the screws on the front of the console*
The most recent designs have spring clips under the left and right sides of the control panel that need to be depressed with a putty knife to release them. Pull the panel forward and lift to disengage the tabs at the bottom. Flip the panel upwards and it will swing back out of the way.

Next you will see one wire connector going into the top of the machine, this is actually your lid switch connector, disconnect it (all the rest of the wires will route behind the top of the machine, between the top and the rear panel).
Now using a flat blade screwdriver pry the front of the two brass colored clips towards the rear of the washer (put tip of screwdriver into front most part of clip and press handle of screwdriver towards rear of machine). The clips should pop off the top pretty easily.
Now you can open the lid and place a hand on the front of the opening and pull the cabinet forward. The entire front and side wrapper will come off the base platform and you can set it on the floor to gain access to the inside of the cabinet where the lid switch is mounted and the wires are routed.

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