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I am trying to fix the lid switch on my washing machine and can not figure out how to remove the back

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If this is a Kenmore, Whirpool, Estate, or Roper top loader the following link explains how to replace a lid switch:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If this is not one of the above mentioned models, please post your make and model in order to be provided with the answers you need. For future reference: All washing machines are not alike. Posting comments under a generic category usually won't get quick solutions for you. Post as much pertinent information as possible as this helps us assist you. This is meant as constructive advice. I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you still require assistance.

PS If this IS one of the above listed models, you do not access the switch through the back of the washer. The link epxlains.

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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