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Washer will not shift into the spin/drain mode. Aggetator works fine.

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  • kerryklein Oct 11, 2008

    This is for Kenmore Series 90 washer

  • kerryklein Oct 11, 2008

    The lid switch is broken. I will replace. Thanks much,

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If your washer stops when it gets to the spin cycle, this is usually a symptom of a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually located on the right hand side under the cabinet. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the right side of the wash tub opening. Make sure the lid strike is still on the lid and intact, first. Then, check the mounting screws that hold the lid switch in place (two screws along the tub rim on the right hand side). Often all that is required is to tighten up the mounting screws and this will realign the lid switch where it can be properly activated by the lid strike. If the lid switch is broken, It must be replaced. Please post back and let me know if you require replacement parts. This is not an expensive repair. On average, a new switch runs about $25 - $35. The following link explains how to replace the switch:

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

I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance, please let me know.

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If it doesn't pump water out or spin, check to see if the motor is running, then proceed as follows:

  • If the motor is running, your washer probably has a frozen pump pulley or a broken pump belt. To check the pulley, remove the pump from the washer and try to rotate the pulley manually. If it doesn't turn freely--if it's frozen or stiff--replace it. If the pump belt is broken or looks quite worn, replace it--but be sure to check the pump pulley before you change the belt.


  • If the motor isn't running, the lid switch may be defective. If so, the washing machine can't spin and may not function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.
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    If its not spinning or draining maby the motor is to shot to to handle it any more. Again I would not know as I work with small engines.Is the wig wag controlled by a motor or belt. maby thats bad.

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