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We need to replace the switch that allows the spin cycle to work with the lid down. The back is one solid piece we dont know how to get to the timer to plug in the new switch we bought

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  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    Same problem! My spin switch is definitely broke so I took out the two screws to remove the broken part. It is (of course) attached to a cable. I need to get the entire lid off so I can remove the spin switch and replace with the new one. How in the world do I get that top part off?

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What you are talking about is called the "lid switch". The following link explains how to replace one on a Kenmore top loader:

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

Make sure you check to see if the switch is simply loose. There should be some mounting screws holding it in place. In addition, there is usually a small plastic piece mounted on the washer lid on most Kenmores that activate the switch when the lid is closed. This is called a "lid strike". If the mounting screws are loose, or if the lid strike is broken or missing, the washer will exhibit the same symptoms as having a broken lid switch. For replacement parts, refer to searspartdirect.com and type in your complete model number (located along the washer lid opening). The parts you need will be listed under the "Top and Cabinet" heading.

I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require additional assistance.

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